Jim Carroll

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On The Record on the road

There were two possible opening lines for this post and I just couldn’t decide between the two of them. (1) Went to sleep somewhere outside Boise. Woke up somewhere south of Seattle and north of Portland and there’s snow on …

Sun, Oct 21, 2007, 19:13

   

There were two possible opening lines for this post and I just couldn’t decide between the two of them.

(1) Went to sleep somewhere outside Boise. Woke up somewhere south of Seattle and north of Portland and there’s snow on the hills.

(2) The last time I overnighted on a tour bus was with Faith No More. Now, there’s a line you probably never expected to read here.

Anyway, we’re on the road to catch some Josh Ritter shows on the northwest leg of his current US tour. I’ve hitched a ride in the tour bus between cities. And yes, what happens on the tour bus stays on the tour bus and all of that.

The show last night (Saturday) was in an awesome venue called the Egyptian Theatre in Boise. It’s the nearest Josh will come to a hometown stand on this tour with Moscow a scenic six hour spin away (we recommend taking the I-95 south for the full big sky in northern Idaho vibes). The gig was a sold-out show, like so many of the dates over the last few weeks. Most of the venues are a significant step-up too from the venues he and his band played last time round. It seems that there’s a bit of a stir Stateside about “The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter” and more and more people are coming to the shows to check him out.

Talking to people before and after the show last night, most cited plays on various NPR shows and word of mouth as what hooked them and got them out of their homes on a Saturday night. The latter is something you just can’t buy (sorry Rick) and it takes a slow, steady build. But with every show and every two hour spell spent after the curtain falls hanging out and talking to people who’ve bought t-shirts or CDs, the word is spreading.

Last night’s show won’t hurt either in that regard. From the second song, the seats were abandoned and people were just going for it. The band reacted accordingly. I saw the Galway show about seven weeks ago but this is a whole different enchilada. The new boys in the band are now grizzled veterans and the overall punch and pitch is quite spectacular. It was interesting to note what songs this audience reacted to (they’re big “Animal Years” fans by the sounds of things), but they especially got the new songs.

Tonight (Sunday), the venue is the Showbox in downtown Seattle and the band are then off to Portland. I’m sticking around in Seattle, though, and am hoping to catch Final Fantasy and Cadence Weapon’s Canuck tag team tour when it reaches the Pacific shores tomorrow night (Monday). It’s at times like this that I’m glad I didn’t listen to my career guidance teacher.

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