September 13, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Acclaimed singer-songwriter and novelist Josh Ritter will perform an acoustic show with his trio on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

Ritter is known for his distinctive Americana style, narrative lyrics and heartfelt folk-rock anthems.

The performance is presented as part of Bucknell University's Family Weekend festivities. The event is sponsored, in part, by the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau and WXPN-FM.

Opening Act: Sam Amidon
Sam Amidon will open the performance from 6:30-7 p.m. in the Weis Center. The Vermont native/London-based Amidon is known for his reworking of traditional melodies into a new form. He has released four albums and, in addition to singing, he plays banjo, fiddle, acoustic guitar and piano. 

Nonesuch Records released Amidon's label debut, "Bright Sunny South", this spring to critical acclaim. The Wall Street Journal said, "At once archaically rootsy and savvily refined ... the album includes airy adornment from trumpet and flute ... [but] remains rooted in the voice of a 31-year-old who sounds decades, if not centuries, older."

About Josh Ritter
Josh RitterRitter has been listed as one of the 10 Most Exciting Artists Now by Entertainment Weekly and one of the 100 Best Living Songwriters by Paste Magazine.

His newest album, "The Beast In Its Tracks", is his sixth full-length recording and widely heralded by critics and fans alike. Paste Magazine just put the album on their Best Albums of 2013 (So Far) list, and it received rave reviews from outlets as diverse as the Guardian, MOJO, Pitchfork, and National Public Radio.

Of the recording, Ritter says, "In the year after my marriage ended, I realized that I had more new songs than I'd ever had at one time. Far from the grand, sweeping feel of the songs on "So Runs the World Away", these new songs felt like rocks in the shoe, hard little nuggets of whatever they were, be it spite, remorse, or happiness."

The new album follows Ritter's 2010 release, "So Runs The World Away", of which Bob Boilen from NPR Music declared, "I've come to expect good records from him ... but this one took my breath away," while the Boston Globe praised it as, "quite sensational ... marks the finest music he has made." The Washington Post says, "How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter a young artist whose achievements match his ambitions."

In 2011, Ritter made his debut as a published author with his New York Times best-selling novel, Bright's Passage. Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, "Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime ... This is the work of a gifted novelist."

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+, $10 for youth under 18, and $10 for all college students.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg weekdays and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at

The next performance in the Weis Center's 2013-14 Series is Camille A. Brown and Dancers on Oct. 5 at the Weis Center. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+, $10 for youth under 18, and $10 for all college students.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to or