A blog for Joe Henry fans

zaterdag 17 maart 2018

Mountain stage performance online

Last December Joe performed on NPR's Mountain stage radio session.

Backed up by Levon Henry, Patrick Warren, Jay Bellerose, David Piltch he performed the following songs :
Climb / Believer / River Floor / Keep us in song / Trampoline.

It is available now online  : NPR's Mountain Stage Podcasts .
Or in the Mountain Stage Archives.

I loved it !. It's a great recording of Joe and band performing these songs.

If you had Carte Blanche...

Last month, Belgian online magazine enola, had an interview with Joe. He was at the time touring with his album Thrum in Europe.

They asked him who he would like to produce, if he had Carte Blanche.

"Sonny Rollins, or Bill Withers. I even think I already wrote both of them, or talked to them.

Sonny has retired, and I don't think he'll make another record. I believe around 8 years ago, I wrote him a letter to say it was a dream for me to work with him. He was verry friendly and he wrote me back, saying he was verry busy. His wife passed away recently at the time, so my dream had to wait. 

They also asked him for which album he would like to be remembered.

"Tough choice. For more than 1 reason it could be Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi. I am verry proud of the way we worked on that one, and I really loved him. 
Another one I'm verry proud of, is Don't Give up on Me (Solomon Burke). Maybe because it came so early in my producing career. I'd only produced two other artists at the time, so the fact that I got the job was not a safe gamble for him. It was an important album for both of us."

(freely translated. Original interview by Bjorn Weynants for Enola)

coincidentally, on twitter, someone suggested a collaboration with Bob Dylan, and if time travelling existed : Edith Piaff.

I'm all for it.

dinsdag 13 maart 2018

Guest Appearance at Glen Hansard show

Glen Hansard performed with and without the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall on Sunday.

Joe Henry performed 'Keep us in song' during that show. 
read the review at presstelegram.com

Joe and Glen worked f.e. together on his EP drive all night

zondag 11 maart 2018

We have 1 more song for you, from the great Joe Henry...

The broadcast from the previous episode of live from here with Chris Thile, ended with a cover of Joe's Our Song.

The episode featured as guests : The Wood Brothers, Phoebe Bridgers and Bobcat Goldthwait.

Enjoy the entire show, and off course especially the verry ending. It's worth your time !

zondag 25 februari 2018

Hear Joan Baez's new album and songs

On March 2nd Joan Baez's new album, produced by Joe, will be released. 

NPR has 'Whistle down the wind' as a pre-listen. So make sure to go over there.
I'll offer you Joan in the studio of France Inter, bringing us 'The President sang Amazing Grace' and 'Last Leaf'.

Buy this album :  http://www.joanbaez.com/.

dinsdag 13 februari 2018

European 'Thrum' tour round-up

It was an exciting experience to see and hear.  

Well, that's a wrap... 
Joe travelled through Europe for almost 2 weeks, and gave every audience a wonderful evening.

Before starting the shows, Joe was a guest at the UK, Americana 2018 Conference. He had an extensive interview with Bob Harris, in the series 'In Conversation with'.

Thank you again to Bob Harris for the ‘in Conversation’ event. Every year we end with an in-depth conversation between Bob and a member of the Americana community. This year it was renowned artist and producer, Joe Henry, and was once again it was a triumph – really special and varied conversation that had the whole room captivated on topics from US politics to secrets of the trade. It was so compelling and flew by, a really brilliant way to end the conference.(source)

The reactions of audiences, everywhere where very warm. In Hamburg it even seems it was a little too hot. I found this review : (freely translated)

...Actually it is not fair to criticize a concert that is performed musically at such a high level and goes on for so long. But it was not perfect. To begin with, Prinzenbar burst out of its seams. With more than 200 visitors it was not only sold out, but unfortunately a little too full. People stood on the stairs and in every small column of the room. This was not only at cost of the oxygen quality, but also the general feeling : Many fans could not even see their star.
On the other hand, Joe Henry somehow embraced the respect for the unapproachable during the concert. at the same time the singer also talked more than once about what he had thought of which song. Henry's aura was friendly but strangely far away. It would have been nice if there had been more seats. Because Joe Henry's, sometimes sizable, but always melancholic folk songs invite you to hug eachother and not to dance. 
But hey, All this is complaining at the highest level ...

I went to see him in Brussels, and wrote the following :

As mentioned before : The Bremen concert has been recorded for a radiobroadcast. The airing date for it is not yet set. But according to setlist.fm this is what we can expect:

Trampoline / Lead me on / After the War / Climb / Believer / Now and Never / Sold / Odetta / Our Song / God only knows / Grave Angels / Short man's room / Hungry / Keep us in song / Eyes out for You /// Love is Enough / For the Good Times

Almost every evening he made small adjustements to his setlist, but it gives you a general idea of what Joe offered us over here.

And on the last evening in Dublin, everyone was treated by Lisa Hannigan who sang along on 'Lead me on'. 


donderdag 8 februari 2018

Rockwood Music Hall recording

On the 11th of December, 2017 Joe and Levon played a set at Rockwood Music Hall.

You can stream the show at WfUV.org .

setlist :

Lead Me On
Our Song
Eyes Out For You
God Only Knows
Keep Us In Song

Joe Henry

Thank you Carmel Holt