On his eighth album, Ritter delves into what he calls “messianic oracular honky-tonk.” Fortunately, it’s an approach that brings out some of the singer’s slipperiest, nimblest wordplay.

First Listen: Josh Ritter, ‘Sermon On The Rocks’

Photo: Laura Wilson/Courtesy of the artist

Listen to Josh Ritter’s Sermon On The Rocks on @nprmusic‘s First Listen and tune in this Friday when he performs select songs from the album – recorded live for World Cafe!