Josh Ritter takes the stage at the Egyptian Theatre again tonight after a fairly rockin' good time last night.
Unlike Ritter's last Egyptian show in the fall of 2007, when most of the crowd stayed firmly planted in their seats, it only took two songs for the crowd to get up and get dancing last night. Ritter and his band have come a long way in 18 months. Their sound is definitely more confident, as is their stage presence.
If the couple of new songs Ritter and Co. treated the audience to last night are any indication of the soon-to-be-released new album, it's evident that pianist/organist/keyboardist Sam Kassirer is a really stepping forward in the creation process.
I did manage to catch the evening's final song, "Empty Hearts," on video, but having done so standing right in front of the speaker, the sound quality is crap. I'll try again tonight with opener Tift Merritt and Ritter's solo acoustic show with members of Boise Philharmonic.
For now, a photo of Josh doing what he does pretty well: post show meeting and greeting with fans in the lobby. And yes, everyone got a hug.