Music is woven through Josh Ritter's new book, 'The Great Glorious God**** of It All' : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN You may know Josh Ritter primarily as a songwriter and musician, but did you know he's also a novelist? He put out his first book a decade ago, and now he's returned with a new one.

Music is woven through Josh Ritter's new book, 'The Great Glorious God**** of It All'

Josh Ritter on World Cafe

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Set List

  • "Some Somewhere"
  • "Henrietta, Indiana"

You may know Josh Ritter primarily as a songwriter and musician, but did you know he's also a novelist? He put out his first book a decade ago, and now he's returned with a new one, called The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All. It's about a 99-year-old man named Weldon Applegate who grew up at the end of the era of lumberjacks, and now is looking back on the fantastical tales that made up his life — and, since this is a novel by a musician, music is woven into the story throughout the book.

Josh dove into all of that with World Cafe's executive producer, Bruce Warren — but first, here is Josh playing one of the tunes that works its way into the story, the yet-to-be-released song "Some Somewhere."

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