Josh Ritter’s storytelling science on new album Sermon on the Rocks

Music Josh Ritter is influenced by Dylan and Springsteen, as well as contemporaries including Nick Cave. Photo: Supplied Josh Ritter – American songwriter, novelist, near-neuroscientist – likes to run. “It’s the perfect exercise for me,” he says. For one thing, it’s portable: all you need is a pair of sneakers and you can run anywhere, especially to get away from the confines of a tour bus. There’s also a little bit of pain involved, which he doesn’t mind; he has run three marathons. That was until the time running almost killed him a few years ago. Advertisement One morning, after a slightly over-exuberant workout, he woke up sore. Soon he was having trouble getting dressed. A few days later, he noticed his muscles beginning to swell, literally like the Incredible Hulk. His alarmed partner…


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