It’s been an insanely busy year for Josh Ritter — promoting his debut novel, his latest solo record, and hitting the road with the Royal City Band — but our favorite literary alt-country singer already has tour plans stretching into the new year. Before we get to that, though, here’s news of his next release: a live CD and DVD recorded at a 2-hour concert at Dublin, Ireland’s Iveagh Gardens last summer. December 13 is the official due date for the set, though pre-orders can be placed here today. Meanwhile, if you’re on the fence over whether to indulge in a Ritter show from the comfort of your home, a video clip from the DVD of his performance of the song “Lantern” can be previewed in full below. (Hint: It’s a rather promising teaser, shot beautifully in beautiful black and white.)
In other news, a New Year’s gig, solo shows, and a trio of concerts in Alaska next January have all been announced this week, as well. If you want to catch Josh with his full band, however, the New Year’s even is all that’s on the itinerary so far. So, without further ado, check out the dates while getting psyched with “Lantern” after the jump.