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Josh Ritter is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, named one of the "100 Greatest Living Songwriters" by Paste magazine. He started out studying neuroscience at Oberlin College, but later switched to a self-created folk music major. His albums include the self-released "Josh Ritter" (1999), "Golden Age of Radio" (2000), "Hello Starling" (2003), "The Animal Years" (2006), and "The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter" (2007). His newest album, "So Runs the World Away," was released in May 2010. Ritter's first novel, "Bright's Passage," is due to be published by Dial Press in the summer of 2011.