My Morning Download: “Joy To You Baby” by Josh Ritter (XPN Welcomes to the Trocadero in May)

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Photo by Laura Wilson
Photo by Laura Wilson

Today’s download is “Joy To You Baby” by singer-songwriter Josh Ritter from his new album, The Beast In Its Tracks. Josh’s album is our Featured Album of the Week. WXPN’s Mike Vasilikos writes:

The songs that unfold on The Beast in Its Tracks are the stories of Josh. It’s the most personal collection he’s ever created. It’s an album that documents his recent divorce and what it took to get back on his feet. And while writing about himself may be something that’s been outside of Josh’s comfort zone, this period of time served inspiring as far as songwriting is concerned. While on paper, the typical “breakup” album usually calls for a collection of sad songs, yet The Beast in Its Tracks doesn’t give in to this formula completely. Songs like “Hopeful” and “Joy to You Baby” both fit into the arch of the album and at the same time offer just enough optimism moving forward.

WXPN Welcomes Josh to the Trocadero on Thursday, May 16th with the Felice Brothers opening the show. Go here to purchase tickets for the show.

Listen tonight at 8PM here for a live webcast from Josh and his band from Le Poisson Rouge in New York and NPR Music.

Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, download “Joy To You Baby.”

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