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Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band Added to Bristol Rhythm '15 Lineup

June 29, 2015

Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) has announced that indie folk-rock singer/songwriter Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band is booked to perform at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion this September following news that headlining act Vintage Trouble had to cancel.

"Josh Ritter has been on our music committee's wish list for some time," said Leah Ross, executive director of BCM, the parent organization of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. "He has been praised as one of the best songwriters of his generation. Adding Ritter to the roster with Steve Earle and The Dukes and Delbert McClinton keeps with our festival's tradition of bringing 'musician's musicians' to Bristol."

The son of two neuroscientists, the Moscow, Idaho native was on his way to follow in their footsteps when he discovered Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country" in high school. Ritter has since released several critically-acclaimed studio albums and has been named one of the 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste Magazine alongside Dylan, Springsteen, and Neil Young. Joan Baez has covered one of his songs; Stephen King named one of Ritter's albums the best of recent years and David Letterman has requested him three times.

Ritter's albums include So Runs the World Away and The Animal Years. His debut novel, Bright’s Passage, was published by Random House to wide acclaim. Listen to Josh Ritter at www.JoshRitter.com.

“...he sets out to carry a world of ideas on a few basic chords....there is no limit to the depth and ambition of his songs.”
– The New York Times

“How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter a young artist whose achievements match his ambitions.”
— Washington Post

“If you love music and have a device on which to play it, you should listen to Josh Ritter...”
—Mary-Louise Parker in Esquire

An extension of Vintage Trouble's successful run as the supporting act for legendary rock powerhouse AC/DC's Rock or Bust World Tour led to the band's decision to cancel Bristol Rhythm.

"Though we are sad Vintage Trouble can't make it to Bristol this year, we are extremely excited for the band's success and for them to have this opportunity," said Ross. "There are no hard feelings and we certainly hope to have them back on the lineup in the future."

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion takes place in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA September 18-20, 2015 with Weekend Passes currently on sale for $75. However, local residents and visitors will have the opportunity to purchase Weekend Passes to this year's festival at a discount during Border Bash as part of Celebrate Bristol's Star-Spangled 4th of July Celebration. Weekend Passes to Bristol Rhythm 2015 will be sold for $65 exclusively at BCM's booth located at Cumberland Square Park starting at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 only.

For more information about Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion visit www.BristolRhythm.com.