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dinsdag 8 augustus 2017

Lizz Wright's rendition of Barley

New single of Lizz Wright's upcoming album 'Grace'.

Barley
Produced by Joe Henry
Written by Allison Russell
Originally recorded by Birds of Chicago, (available on the album 'Real Midnight' which was also produced by Joe).

Need I say more....




As Wright herself writes, “‘We sing to remember home and to make ourselves at home in any place.’ These are the words of my dear friend Toshi Reagon. In ‘Barley,’ JT Nero and Allison Russell (from Birds of Chicago) churn a wise and faith-filled sentiment to build a place to rest assured of my sense of belonging and peace. I’m excited to see young writers using this old blues style of repetition in their work. Feels so good.” (Paste Magazine)

Grace will be released on September 15, 2017.
pre-order it today!

vrijdag 14 juli 2017

First single out from Grace.

Something we all are waiting for, is the release of Lizz Wright's upcoming album 'Grace', produced by Joe.

NPR has an interview with Lizz, and gives you a first single : Seems I'm never tired Lovin' you .

Make sure to check that out !

woensdag 12 juli 2017

Steep Canyon Rangers

Joe was involved in the recording of a new album by the Steep Canyon Rangers.

Een bericht gedeeld door Steep Canyon Rangers (@steepcanyonrangers) op



In a state that’s also produced Doc Watson, James Taylor and the Avett Brothers, there’s hardly a more well-rounded answer than the Steep Canyon Rangers. 
A bluegrass band at their core, the Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. They’re as danceable as the most progressive, party-oriented string band, and equally comfortable translating their songs for accompaniment by a full symphony.(Stratton Lawrence)

Although Joe's role is not specified. I assume he acted as producer. (Correct me if I'm wrong here.)


donderdag 15 juni 2017

A 3 day Residency at Duke Performances

OK everyone,


Book your tickets direction Durham...



Joe is resident artist at Duke Perfromances from 30 November untill the 2nd of December. 

I'm pretty sure I will have to miss out on it. But I wish you all the most wonderful 3 days.


30 November :
A free public talk at the Nasher Museum of Art, called “Take Me to the River,” about the ephemeral, mystical nature of artistic predecessors.

1st of  December :
A talk about the alchemical process of making records, “Is It Rolling, Bob?,” at Durham’s Sound Pure Studios.

2nd of December :
A fifty-seventh birthday concert, playing every song from his new album, Thrum, as well as other tunes from his expansive songbook.

Go to their site for more info. 

By the way :
It is not the first time Joe is in Durham. In 2014,  he was there for a special program called 'Wild Edges' together with the Milk Carton Kids, and Over The Rhine.  For that one, I am still hoping that someday the recording of that evening will be released.

Thrum will be its name

1 of the things to choose when a child is born is its name. It is something people give a lot of thought about, because It'll (mostly) last a lifetime. As a parent, it is a first direction you give. How will people adress you?

Off course with musical albums, it is a bit different. The music is already recorded. But still, what title do you give the album, so that it sums up everything you want to share with it?

Joe's upcoming album has received a name. And is now known as 'Thrum'.

Today, we don't know the songs, and this title makes me even more curious about them.

For instance, Thrumming is a musical expression. You can thrum f.e. on the snares of your guitar, or with your fingers on the table, or thrum by speaking.  Making a repeating monotone sound, to give a simple explanation.

But thrum means also something completely different. A thrum is a loose end, and I think in today's society, we have a lot of loose ends.
But also on a personal level there are, I think,  for everyone loose ends. I'm sure about it for myself anyway.  I don't see it as a worrying thing, or something that holds me back. On the contrary, it are the things that define for me in which direction I need to evolve. It is the map I need to follow....

....Ah well, I'm just thinking about the word Thrum over here, I certainly will await its birth and see it grow.

Greetings,
Stefan.


vrijdag 12 mei 2017

Joe and Billy nominated for the Americana Awards 2017

Joe Henry and Billy Bragg, have been nominated for a 2017, Americana Music Award.

Alongside Drive-By Truckers, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives and The Lumineers they are nominated for duo of the year.

Already Congratulions on that.

The Award show takes place in Nashville, on September 13, 2017.


Grace, by Lizz Wright


A lot of details concerning Lizz Wright's upcoming album have been released. The album will be entitled 'Grace', and releasedate is set for September 15, 2017.

There are 2 covers on the album, where Joe also produced the original versions. First there is 'Barley' from Birds of Chicago. And then there is the titletrack by Rose Cousins.

I give you some excerpts from the press release.
Grace was tracked live on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles alongside a standout cast of musicians at United Recording Studios – the sessions feature her nearly 20-year collaboration with Atlanta-based pianist and choir director Kenny Banks Sr., special guest guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist David Piltch, guitarists Chris Bruce and Marvin Sewell, drummer Jay Bellerose, and keyboardist Patrick Warren. An expansive collection of 10 songs and an original co-write with Maia Sharp (“All the Way Here”), Grace is Wright’s testament of devotion to speaking and embodying the fullness of her humanity through music. Her most clear statement to date, Grace finds Wright standing center stage in the complex dialogues of coexistence and interdependence between all walks of life.
The vast landscapes portrayed on Grace are brimming with Wright’s singular translations of music by Ray CharlesAllen ToussaintNina SimoneSister Rosetta Tharpek.d. langBob DylanFrank Perkins and Mitchell Parish, as well as emerging artists Rose Cousins and Birds of Chicago. From a body of about 70 covers collected primarily by Joe Henry, 10 works were selected that mirror Wright’s rural upbringing and the trail of stories and songs that have brought her to the world stage. Having a strong sense of intention to speak of grace from the inception of the project, Wright forwent writing the title track after hearing “Grace” by Rose Cousins – the first title track Wright didn’t compose from her catalogue of six studio recordings. 
Grace opens with “Barley,” a song penned by Birds of Chicago based on the traditional blues format of word repetition. With its sweeping march and repeating phrases, “Barley” has Wright churning an ancestral force of affirmation and encouragement.
Joe Henry’s years of friendship and collaboration with Allen Toussaint brought “Southern Nights” to the pre-studio listening session. Allen’s spirited trail of rural imagery made “Southern Nights” the song that felt like home.



“Lizz Wright and I have been friends for nearly fifteen years; I’ve hungered for the chance to stand in service to her as she sang, so powerful do I find the expression of her humanity. It was and remains an honor to have been Lizz’s scout along the journey of Grace. And in such dark times, we are all as musicians called to answer brutality with wild and inclusive beauty. When Lizz now sings, I am allowed to feel by extension that I am doing something of my part. What a gift that has been to me; what a gift she offers all.”

Joe Henry


Pre-listen to excerpts of this album.