Native son of Moscow, Idaho and indie folk stalwart, the venerable Josh Ritter recently announced that his seventh studio album – the beautiful-yet-darkly-titled The Beast In Its Tracks – will drop March 5th on Pytheas Recordings, and he also confirmed a 44-date tour of North America and the UK in 2013 with his usual compadres the Royal City Band, including a stop at Oakland’s Fox Theater on March 20th. The Beast In Its Tracks will be Ritter’s first full-length studio effort since 2010′s So Runs The World Away, and he was kind enough to share two glimpses of the new record with his fans: the single “Joy To You Baby” and a minute-plus “album teaser” video.

“Joy To You Baby” is classic Ritter. On its face, the track is a harmless dose of Americana, but behind the curtains lies a roaring swell of emotion, the product of the frontman’s stirring vocal performance, his distinctly poetic songwriting, and all-around robust instrumentation and musicianship. A limited edition 7″ vinyl, with a non-album track as a b-side, hits stores December 18th. Listen to “Joy To You Baby” here, on The Bay Bridged:

The album teaser clocks in at just over 80 seconds and features a montage of scenes with Ritter writing, recording, and playing around a beautifully redone farmhouse-looking home in the middle of a forest. It’s quite an idyllic setting that is matched only by the gently lilting riff from “Joy To You Baby” playing in the background. Watch it below:

The Beast In Its Tracks is available for pre-order in vinyl, CD, and MP3 formats, or you can snag either the “Fine Art Package” or the “Music + More” set, both of which include varying amounts of schwag and come in either vinyl or CD.

Josh Ritter
Fox Theater
March 20, 2013
8pm, $37.50+fees

Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band 2013 Tour:
02/13 – Albany, NY – The Egg
02/14 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
02/15 – Montreal, QC – Le Cabaret du Mile End
02/16 – Wakefield, QC – The Blacksheep Inn
02/17 – Hamilton, ON – Molson Canadian Studio
02/18 – Waterloo, ON – Starlight Social Club
03/13 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre+
03/14 – Austin, TX – SXSW+
03/16 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre+
03/18 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up+
03/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre+
03/20 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater+
03/21 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom+
03/22 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore+
03/23 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune+
03/24 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory+
03/25 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre+
03/27 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre+
04/14 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre+
04/15 – Columbus, OH – The Southern+
04/16 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall+
04/17 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Theatre+
04/18 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue+
04/19 – Louisville, KY – Brown Theatre+
04/20 – St. Louis, MO – Plush+
04/21 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall+
04/23 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre+
04/24 – Madison, WI – Capitol Theatre+
04/25 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave+
04/27 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre+
05/08 – Portland, ME – State Theatre*+
05/09 – Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre*+
05/10 – Washington, DC – 9.30 Club*+
05/12 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*+
05/13 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel*+
05/14 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse*+
05/16 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero*+
05/17 – Boston, MA – House of Blues*+
05/18 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*+
07/18 – Limerick, Ireland – Big Top
07/19 – Dublin, Ireland – Venue To Be Announced
07/21 – Letterkenny, Ireland – An Grainan Theatre
07/23 – London, UK – Village Underground

* Felice Brothers supporting
+ ticket purchase includes download of The Beast In Its Tracks

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