As a kid, Josh Ritter
heard Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash singing “Girl from the North Country,” picked up the nearest stringed instrument and began to write songs. Too bad the instrument was a lute! A trip to Kmart resulted in his first guitar, and in the years since, Ritter has released six acclaimed albums, toured with the stars of Once
, been nominated as one of the “100 Greatest Living Songwriters” by Paste Magazine and endured many tiresome jokes about John Ritter from Three’s Company
. He plays on Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Uptown Theatre. 1350 Third St., Napa. 7pm. $30–$40. 707.259.0123.