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610 North St

A regular performer in listening rooms and house concerts from Wisconsin to his native Kentucky, Ritt Deitz has been writing and recording since the age of eleven. His "earthy, ethereal and intelligent” songs (AV Club) have brought comparisons with songwriters Greg Brown, Bruce Cockburn, and Tom Waits. Madison, Wisconsin’s Isthmus thought of Tom Waits, adding “Deitz combines rugged mountain sonics with an aesthetic that’s closer to ragtime than anything else." Cincinnati’s City Beat said Ritt’s “smart, perceptive and poetic songwriting […] glows with an aura similar to Springsteen at his most organic.”

With ten album-length releases under his belt, Ritt is likely one of the few American singer-songwriters who is also both a Knight in the French Republic’s Order of Academic Palms (2012) and a commissioned Kentucky Colonel (2021).

Taught to play by his singer-songwriter father and mentored by an NEA Jazz Master, Wilder Deitz is a lifelong musician, composer and bandleader. When not playing with his dad, Wilder plays a formidable brand of original soul music at venues across the Midwest. For WVMO radio host and Synesthesia blogger Scott Collins, Wilder’s music is “nothing less than pure in intent and execution… Absolutely beautiful." Tone Madison called Wilder’s raucous live band “show-stopping,” “fresh” and “joyous.”

Ritt and WIlder will be joined at this show by Virginia fiddler Gary McGraw, of the Washington, D.C.-area quartet The Bitter Liberals. Gary has guested with the Deitzes on recordings and concerts in Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and Wisconsin. He brings a significant intensity to this high-energy family act.