SBL Entertainment Presents
Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band
1013 K Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band
Josh Ritter‘s acclaimed 20-year career as a songwriter and musician reaches new heights with the release of his ninth full-length album, Gathering. Along with his loyal bandmates, the Royal City Band, Josh returned to the studio with more songs than he’d ever had before at one time. Reenergized after a recent collaboration with legendary musician Bob Weir (who also contributes vocals and guitar to a song on Gathering) and –at the same time — tired of living in the shadow of his earlier self, Josh felt charged with exploring the possibility of cutting himself loose from his own and others’ expectations. In his words, “I began with an exciting sense of dissatisfaction, and what emerged, as I began to find my voice, was a record full of storms. I still can’t tell what era these stories are from. They feel part roustabout, part psalm to me.”
A songwriter, a musician, a New York Times best-selling author, a painter, a consummate performer. Josh Ritter encompasses all of these descriptors and more. He is a true artist. One who is not afraid of growing, changing and constantly challenging earlier versions of himself. Here, two decades into his storied career, Josh Ritter is just getting started.
California native Nicki Bluhm is a singer, songwriter and performer. In 2008 Bluhm released her first album, Toby's Song, and with its release put together her band The Gramblers. Nicki went on to release her second effort Driftwood (2012), establishing her and the band as a nationally touring act. While playing shows around the country she and the band decided to pass the time and long drives filming what became their viral "Van Sessions," covering nostalgic songs of their past. In the aftermath, Bluhm and The Gramblers became headliners, touring constantly throughout North America, including festivals like Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Newport Folk and Telluride Bluegrass.
The band continued to record and put out two albums including their self-titled Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers (2013) and their most recent effort, Loved Wild Lost (2015), launching them on an extended US tour and their debut European tour. The Chicago Tribune wrote, "Nicki has filled a void in music with her brand of vintage-tinged rocking country soul -- music that's like an enchanting friend you've known for a short while, but feels like you've known forever."
At the completion of their 2016 Loved Wild Lost tour, Nicki was asked to join the The Infamous Stringdusters in support of their album Ladies and Gentlemen. That project led to a collaboration with Ryan Adams at Telluride Bluegrass, Newport Folk and on Stephen Colbert's "The Late Show." Nicki has also had the honor of singing with musicians including Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule, Karl Denson, Boz Scaggs, Anders Osborne, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Lesh, Jackie Green, and many others.
In early 2017, inspired by the current US political climate, Nicki wrote a song called "Remember Love Wins." She recorded and released it, with an accompanying video, in a seven-day burst of creative energy. It received a nod from Rolling Stone, who wrote: "'Remember Love Wins,' like Pete Seeger singing 'We Shall Overcome,' hits not just on the struggle ahead, but our ability to eventually come out on the right side of history." Most recently, Nicki was the voice of Sarah on the tender duet "No Wrong Way Home" in the short animated film "Pearl," which was nominated for an Oscar.
Nicki's future holds new songs, recordings and many more performances as a solo performer, as a guest vocalist and with The Gramblers. Both on record and in her live performances, she will continue to explore new directions, touching her listeners with her smoky vocals and dynamic stage presence. Stay tuned for the next chapter....