A blog for Joe Henry fans

zaterdag 20 augustus 2016

Edinburgh and London + radio interview/performance

The 2 first full shows to promote the 'shine a light' album are completed now. (A few songs have already been performed in a while ago)

The first concert was in Edinburgh, a second one in London.

Here is a review for Edinburgh, and one for London.



Joe and Billy also took the time to visit the BBC for a Radiointerview. It starts at 02:37:10
Listen to the BBC interview (Only available for another 27 days)

Here is another one (starts at 01:36:40)

And I end with an update for the European leg of the fall-tour as it was presented on Joe's Facebook page.

dinsdag 16 augustus 2016

Shine a light : clip and concerts

A new Video was released for the lovely 'Hobo's lullaby'. (It's so sweet to see Ryan Freeland, how he's enjoying it through his headphones)

From the LA Times
“ ‘Hobo’s Lullaby’ is a song I have known and loved since my mid-teens,” Henry said, “and though it was not written by Woody Guthrie — the man who, along with Lead Belly, was our patron saint throughout this project-= — it has long been reported to have been his favorite song; thus, we always associate it with him.
“We brought this song to bear in our process for a couple of reasons beyond that one,” he said. “It is a most beautiful melody to be sure; but more importantly, the song offers a glimpse not of people living on the margins of society, but of a downcast lot who nonetheless were inseparable from the fabric of this country at a particular moment, and remain so: those who must improvise a life beyond the hard lines drawn and forgotten by those of us who don’t know what it is like, truly, to be hanging on so tenuously to identity and dignity.”

The track is available on iTunes as a free “Instant Grat” download for those who pre-order the album. 


New UK shows have been added for January. This will bring them f.e. back to the already-sold-out show at Union Chapel in London. Most of those shows go on sale at the end of this week. Check out the itinerary for your nearest show !

In the meantime, Joe and Billy had their first show in Edinburgh yesterday.

maandag 8 augustus 2016

New song : Shook up the world

Joe Henry has released today a new song called 'Shook up the World' in memory of the great muhammad Ali. 

You can buy it f.e. on his website , but it's also available on all the general known Digital Music providers. All profits will go to the Muhammad Ali Center.

Dear friends,
Two weeks ago I wrote a new song meditating on the life, recent death, and enduring legacy of Muhammad Ali: a brazenly courageous ambassador of peace and self-possession in my lifetime.

Days later, on the coattails of a wrapped project, I found myself in a studio in Hollywood with time to spare, surrounded by my son and band of brothers; and I seized the opportunity— both recording and mixing this song over the course of a few hours.

Observing an impulse of immediacy, and in the spirit of deep gratitude, I offer the song here and now.

Meet me at this juncture if you will, and play it loud if you do: as the man himself exemplified, this is not the time for demurring half-measures.

Joe Henry

“SHOOK UP THE WORLD (For Muhammad Ali)”

Written, performed, and produced by Joe Henry

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Ryan Freeland at
United Recording, Studio B, Hollywood, CA;
13 July, 2016

Engineering assistance provided by Monique Evelyn

JH – Vocals and acoustic guitar
Jay Bellerose – drums and percussion
David Piltch – electric bass
Patrick Warren – piano
Adam Levy – electric guitar
Levon Henry – soprano saxophone

About the Muhammad Ali Center : 

The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life of Muhammad Ali. The Center museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey.

The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.

In its 10-year history, the Center has created programs that exemplify the principles of Muhammad Ali and the mission of the Center. Over the past decade, the Center has developed impactful programming serving children and adults, reaching people of all cultures, nationalities, ages, and geographic areas.

Inspiration is Ali’s gift, and his six core principles mark his true legacy—a legacy that has the power to live on, beyond the man, and beyond the walls of the Center.


vrijdag 5 augustus 2016

The 50 Best Alt-Country albums according to Paste Magazine

Paste Magazine published a list of their 50 best alt-country albums of all time. In the list you will find 1 of Joe Henry's own albums, but also the Carolina Chocolate Drops which he produced.

nr 30 : Carolina Chocolate Drops : Genuine Negro Jig
What they’ve also done is dust off a musical form seen today as either a novelty or the exclusive provenance of ethnomusicologists. To paraphrase Rakim’s immortal words, these Drops ain’t no joke

nr 27 : Joe Henry : Kindness of the world
Kindness evidenced Henry as one of the most skillful and honest lyricists in popular music. His next release, Trampoline, commenced a string of sonic experiments that—combined with lyrical prowess that has only grown—have established him as one of most interesting and vital singer-songwriters working today. Though he would refuse to be constrained by the genre, Henry’s collaboration with the Jayhawks serves as an exemplar of the then-nascent genre.

donderdag 4 augustus 2016

Looking Back : Elvis Costello and Joe Henry

Over the last 15 years, Elvis Costello and Joe Henry have had some coöperations. I don't know how, and where they first met, but in his Autobiography, Elvis Costello calls Joe his friend.

In 2002, Joe produced Solomon Burke's album Don't give up on me. Elvis Costello wrote the song The judgement, together with Cait O'Riordan.
In that same year, Joe was opening act for a few Elvis Costello concerts.

1 Year later, Elvis Costello received the ASCAP founders award.
ASCAP's Founders Award honors pioneering songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music.  Before Elvis, some Founders Award recipients include James Taylor, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Stevie Wonder, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Leiber & Stoller, Quincy Jones and Walter Becker and Donald Fagen,...

During that celebration, Joe was bandleader for the special EC tribute concert. The band consisted of: 
Joe Henry : Guitar
Pete Thomas : Drums
Patrick Warren : Piano
David Piltch : Bass

Elvis Costello himself was 1 of the guest artists, but also Solomon Burke, who performed 'The Judgement'. 

2 years later, they found each other again. In December 2005 The album 'The river in reverse' was recorded. An album from Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint produced by Joe. The album was made in the afterdays of Hurricane Katrina. Allen Toussaint was 1 of the many who lost everything. Together with Elvis Costello he made this album to remember everything that was going on in New Orleans. At the same time, the album acknowledged Allen Toussaint worldwide ! Outside of New Orleans, not a lot of people knew Toussaint as the man behind all the great music he made in his career.

Fast forward to 2013 : On April 30 'a tribute to Allen Toussaint' was held. It honored Toussaint's 75th birthday, and benefited the charity organisation NOAAHH (New Orleans Artists, Against Hunge & Homelessness.

Both Costello and Henry were among the performing Artists (Dr John, Irma Thomas, Cyrille Neville,....)
Joe sang 'From a Whisper to a scream'.

Additional Sources :
Unfaithful music and disappearing ink
The Elvis Costello Wiki

vrijdag 8 juli 2016

Prospects of a new solo album

I guess a lot of us were wondering it, but it was Steve Dawson who popped the Question :

"When will we hear another solo record from you ?"

It is part of a fantastic interview he did with Joe, and is available in 2 podcasts. And I repeat : Take a couple of hours, and listen to them : FAN-TAS-TIC !

But towards the subject of a new album.
Joe spoke about this. Some highlights, but much more on the podcasts itself :

........I'm actually gonna do an acoustic guitar-and-vocal demo session later this week, where I need to record 12 things or so, so I don't forget them. And that's sort of the beginning.......
........I like the idea of making a record before this year is out, but I haven't figured out how,............

......I really love recording, and love recording songs when they are verry, kind of viciourly alive.  I wouldn't want to rest them for a year, and come back to and say "OK what excited me about this ?".....

Steve Dawson podcasts : A must listen if you love Joe's Work !

Hey all,

As a follow up, on 2 weeks earlier.
I've finally gotten around to listen to part 2 of the Music Makers and Soul Shakers podcast.

To be short : It's a must. Take a couple of hours of, and listen !...

...listen to Joe's history on becoming a producer, working with T-Bone Burnett, Solomon Burke,  Ornette Coleman, Bonnie Raitt,.... Listen on last years move from the Garfield house.

And the most exciting news maybe, the prospects of a new solo album...