Josh Ritter is known for his distinctive Americana style and narrative lyrics. The Moscow, ID native gained popularity touring in Ireland, first opening for Glen Hansardís band The Frames and soon after, headlining his own shows. Ritter has since recorded 6 full-length albums with his band, one live album, and 8 EPs. In 2006 Paste Magazine named him one of the ď100 Greatest Living Songwriters,Ē and NPRís Bob Boilen named his latest album So Runs The World Away one of the top 10 albums of 2010.
Thereís no shortage of angles to Blind Pilotís story: the tours by bicycle, the sheer volume of iTunes downloads, the dizzying ride from relative obscurity to headlining a national club tour in less than a year. But the real story of Portland, Oregonís Blind Pilot is about the songs. Led by the acoustic guitar and gentle voice of songwriter Israel Nebeker, Blind Pilotís heartfelt music is the sort that cultivates devotion among fans, that elicits sing-alongs at concerts, that inspires late- night mixtapes.
With a slightly punky perspective on vintage American blues, The Devil Makes Three is a breath of fresh musical air. Laced with elements of ragtime, country, folk and rockabilly, the critically praised, drummerless trio brings forth a genuine approach to acoustic music that is deeply steeped in rhythm. In fact, the bandís live performances are more on par with a rock concert than an acoustic show, and they like it that way. Their fourth and latest album, Do Wrong Right (2009) was #1 on the Bilboard Bluegrass charts.