Josh Ritter: songwriter, novelist, Renaissance man
Josh Ritter (who is featured on this week’s Mountain Stage radio broadcast) is one of those songwriters whose work is almost always described as having a connection to literature. And the same is often said of musicians like Patterson Hood and Bruce Springsteen. Where some excel at crafting intricately detailed vignettes, others possess the ability to tell sprawling, cinematic stories within the confines of a four-minute song.
So it’s only fitting that noted storyteller and all-around Renaissance man Josh Ritter has written a novel, called Bright’s Passage.
Released just last week, Bright’s Passage tells the story of a man who returns from World War I to his home in West Virginia, only to find himself on a myth-like survival quest through the foothills with his small infant son, a goat, and a horse. (It’s worth mentioning that the horse talks.)
It’s getting solid reviews on Amazon, with comparisons being made to revered science fiction and fantasy author Neil Gaiman.
Check it out, and let us know what you think.