Josh Ritter Returns to Westhampton Beach

Josh Ritter. Laura Wilson photo

A songwriter, musician, New York Times best-selling author, painter and performer, Josh Ritter seems to do it all. He is unafraid of growing, changing and challenging earlier versions of himself — as well as past performances.

One of the leading lights on the contemporary folk scene, he will return to the East End to play a concert on Sunday, August 12, at 8 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, located at 76 Main Street in Westhampton Beach.

Named one of the “100 Greatest Living Songwriters” by Paste magazine, Ritter is “widely known for his distinctive Americana style, strong voice, keen wit and his evocative way with words,” according to a press release. “This prolific singer-songwriter has captivated fans from all over with his gift for painting an intricate portrait with every tune he pens. With the recent release of his ninth studio album, ‘Gathering,’ Ritter continues to innovate, orchestrate and craft music that speaks to the soul.”

Ritter’s 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, Ritter returned to the studio with more songs than he’d ever had before at one time, according to the release.

Reenergized after a recent collaboration with 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, Ritter felt charged with exploring the possibility of cutting himself loose from his own and others’ expectations, the release said.

“I began with an exciting sense of dissatisfaction, and what emerged, as I began to find my voice, was a record full of storms,” Ritter said in a statement. “I still can’t tell what era these stories are from. They feel part roustabout, part psalm to me.”

Tickets range from $51 to $71. For more information, call (631) 288-1500 or visit