Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Martin Benjamin
There’s no denying that there’s a lot of Bob Dylan in singer-songwriter Josh Ritter’s literate, densely packed songs. And there’s more than a pinch of Bruce Springsteen in his performance style, which found him collapsing down on his knees on stage, not once, not twice, but three times during his sold-out concert at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last month.
But the Idaho native doesn’t deserve the kiss-of-death “new Dylan” tag any more than Springsteen did back when it was hung like an albatross around his neck back during his early, pre-Boss, Asbury Park days.
No, Ritter is his own man, and he roared into The Egg in Albany armed with confidence and a whole, big batch of new songs from The Beast in His Tracks, his new album that arrives in stores today (Tuesday, March 5). While he’s brought his band with him for shows at MASS MoCA and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in recent years, he’s only previously played solo shows at The Egg.