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All Songs + 1: Josh Ritter's 'Sermon on the Rocks'

Josh Ritter.
Josh Ritter.

I'd never imagined a great song poet writing "Getting Ready to Get Down," but there we have it. It's a hard and humorous look at religion, sex and a "risky" teenager becoming herself despite Bible school intervention. I talked with Josh Ritter about this song, and you can hear that interview and the song here or subscribe to the All Songs Considered podcast.

And Ritter's new album, recorded in New Orleans, will appropriately be called Sermon on the Rocks.It's filled with Bible references stirred with passion and alcohol. The music is contagious. The album is out Oct. 16 with concert dates in the fall.

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