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Arts / Entertainment

eTown, top musical artists return to UCA

November 8, 2010

You might say eTown's motto is, "We build community through music." etown is heard from coast to coast on both NPR and commercial stations. Every show is taped in front of a live audience and features many of today's top musical artists, as well as conversation and information about the world around us.

Rolling Stone Magazine calls Rick Forster "an exceptional songwriter." etown co-founder and co-host Helen Forster provides harmony for many musical guests.

Wednesday, Nov. 10
7-9 p.m.
University Center for the Arts
Griffin Concert Hall

The University Center for the Arts welcomes eTown back to the Griffin Concert Hall for the second live radio show taping this semester. 

Hosted by Nick and Helen Forster, eTown is excited to present a two hour, more-than-a-concert experience featuring music, conversation and inspiration.

 Ritter and The Hold Steady

Musical guests are singer/songwriter Josh Ritter, and the critics’ favorite rock band, The Hold Steady, performing a special acoustic set for the eTown Radio Show. 

“eTown is thrilled to be back at Colorado State University for the Nov. 10 radio show taping which goes out to over 275 stations nationwide,” said Roger Menell, eTown’s marketing director.

"The Griffin Concert Hall continues to be a great opportunity for eTown as well as the students of CSU. The room is beautiful and sounds fantastic! We always draw a great crowd when we come up to Fort Collins,” said Menell.

Ritter compared to Dylan, Springsteen

"He sets out to carry a world of ideas on a few basic chords…there is no limit to the depth and ambition of his songs.” (The New York Times)

Josh Ritter is from Moscow, Idaho. The son of two neuroscientists, he was on his way to follow in their footsteps when he discovered Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan’s Girl from the North Country in high school.

He has since released five studio albums and has been named one of the 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste Magazine, alongside Dylan, Springsteen, and Neil Young. Joan Baez has covered one of his songs, Stephen King named one of Ritter’s albums the best of recent years, and David Letterman has requested him twice, so far.

The Hold Steady. Image courtesy of The Hold Steady MySpace. Photo by Marina Chavez.

Ritter’s constant touring has established a robust, fanatical base both in the U.S. and overseas (particularly Ireland and the UK). His new album, So Runs the World Away, is ambitious and literary. It was released on May 4, 2010 by Pytheas Recordings, a label recently started by Ritter and his longtime publicity partner, Sacks & Co., with Redeye Distribution.

The Hold Steady: Truth, heart

"The songs on The Hold Steady’s new album Heaven Is Whenever are insanely great…these guys have only been making records for what, six years now, and they’ve made five of the best albums released in that time span – who gets on a roll like that?” ( 

The Hold Steady, lauded for the scope, depth, truth, and heart they bring to chronicling the American rock myth, recently released their fifth album Heaven Is Whenever.

Heaven Is Whenever is about “embracing suffering and understanding its place in a joyful life. The lyrics speak a lot about struggle and reward,” singer Craig Finn says.

Inspiring diverse audiences

Founded in 1991, eTown is a nationally-syndicated radio show heard weekly on over 270 public, community and commercial stations across North America, and via podcast. eTown is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3 corporation whose mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience, through music and conversation, to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world.

Every eTown show is taped in front of a live audience and features performances from many of today’s top musical artists as well as thought-provoking interviews and the presentation of the E-chievement Award recognizing everyday people who have made a difference in their community or beyond.

Founders Nick Forster, of the legendary bluegrass band Hot Rize fame, and his wife, singer/actress Helen Forster host the show.

Coming soon: eTown Hall, the future home of eTown.

Note: The photo of Josh Ritter that accompanies the intro to this story is courtesy of the School of the Arts.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603