A blog for Joe Henry fans

woensdag 17 januari 2018

Bremen Concert broadcasted + tickets info

Joe will perform in Bremen, Germany on February 10. Just like during the European Invisible Hour Tour This concert will be aired on  radio Bremen.

The airing-date is not set yet, I'll keep you updated on that one.

Tickets for this concert are still available.

zondag 14 januari 2018

JH on Poetry

Read a wonderful talk with Joe Henry about Poetry on lareviewofbooks.org

Henry recently “outted” himself in the press as a lover of poetry, whose blues-inflected songs grow directly out of the verse he reads. Until now, he has not spoken in detail about his poetic passions and influence. read more

New released tracks from Joan Baez & Steep Canyon Rangers

Accompanied by an interview with Rolling stone magazine, Joan Baez released the titletrack of her upcoming album : 'Whistle down the wind'.

Has Tom Waits ever specifically written a song for you?No, I've just found his music and I know that if I scratch the surface, I'll come up with something. I wish he would write something for me, but he didn't have to write "Last Leaf" for me; it was just there. It's a song about the timing in my life and it makes me laugh. But also, I am the last leaf on the tree for lots of folks.(rollingstone)
(Make sure to read that entire interview.) 

The Steep Canyon rangers released 'Let me out of this town' from their album 'Out in the open', which will be released in 2 weeks.
At tasteofcountry.com they say about it :

"Recording 'Let Me Out of This Town' required patience, keeping the horse on a tight rein until, by the end, you can’t hold back any longer and hell has broken loose!" vocalist and banjo player Graham Sharp says.

Full tracklist :
1. "Farmers and Pharaohs"
2. "Let Me Out of This Town" (listen)
3. "Out in the Open"
4. "Can’t Get Home"
5. "Going Midwest" (listen)
6. "When She Was Mine"
7. "Love Harder"
8. "Shenandoah Valley"
9. "Best of Me"
10. "Roadside Anthems"
11. "Let Me Die in My Footsteps"
12. "The Speed We’re Traveling" (listen)

donderdag 28 december 2017

Random 'Thrum' promo/media

A lot of interviews and performances to promote 'Thrum' are out there. I present here a few ones.

It's always nice to hear Carmel Holt interview for WfUV, and certainly if it is Joe. In this episode he also performs together with Levon henry.  Here is 1 of the performed songs.

On Belgian Radio 1, Joe speaks about how the evolution of the Music industry was 1 of the factors that led to giving up his home studio.
He also talks a bit about 'Classic American Imagery' of things in motion, just like life. As an example there is River floor, where the lyrics, just like waves of water, come and go. And finally he speaks of the, current and past, troubling changes and choices in America.
Off Course the radiohost speaks Dutch, but he mostly translates Joe's words. Enjoy it over here.

The Newyorker has a wonderful interview with Joe, and it can be no doubt Joe is amongst the greatest now, they even made a cartoon of him.

Joe Henry
Illustration by Tom Bachtell

In the mean time Joe has performed some shows.  Here is a review of his show in Vienna,VA

SETLIST : Trampoline / Climb / Believer / Dark is Light Enough / Blood of the Forgotten Song / Bellwether / This Afternoon / Hungry / World of This Room / River Floor / Stop / Now and Never / Keep Us in Song / Eyes Out for You /// Richard Pryor Addresses a Tearful Nation / For the Good Times 

2 Days earlier he was a guest for a live stream show for Mountain stage. If you missed it, don't worry, It will be aired in the week after March 2nd.

Enjoy these festive times.

zondag 24 december 2017

Joan Baez : Whistle Down the Wind tracklist

The songs featured on Joan Baez's upcoming album have been released. The title of the album will be 'Whistle down the wind'. (Earlier it was announced that it would be : 'Fare thee well'.)

Whistle Down The Wind  (Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan)
Be of Good Heart (Josh Ritter)
Another World (Antony)
Civil War (Joe Henry)
The Things That We Are Made Of (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
The President Sang Amazing Grace (Zoe Mulford)
Last Leaf (Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan)
Silver Blade (Josh Ritter)
The Great Correction (Eliza Gilkyson)
I Wish The Wars Were All Over (Tim Eriksen)

'Another World' by Anthony is a song I always feel verry strongly about.  What a strong and amazing song that is. 
I offer you here these songs, sung by their creators.
Have a wonderful listen !


maandag 18 december 2017

Ralph Carney 1956 - 2017

Yesterday we had to say goodbye, way to early, to multi-instrumentalist Ralph Carney.
He was a musician whom’s importance can not be over-appreciated. His work still inspires a lot of musicians, and will inspire future musicians.

For the big audience he is best known for his work with Tom Waits during his ‘Frank’s trilogy’ period. Together with artists like Marc Ribot and Greg Cohen : Ralph Carney helped defining the new sound of Tom’s journey on the waves of Harry Partch and Kurt Weill. He continued working with Tom Waits for a long period.
Ralph played together with Joe Henry during their work with Jim White, on album’s like ‘In search of wrong-eyed jesus’ and ‘Drill A Hole In That Substrate And Tell Me What You See’.
he has also worked f.e. with Randy Newman, Elvis Costello, The B-52’s, Allen Ginsberg, St. Vincent, and so many more.

Besides that, he had his personal work that stretched in to contemporary jazz, and classical music.
We wish his family, and everyone close to him, strength.
Greetings, Stefan.

zondag 10 december 2017

Concert @ City Winery, Boston Dec. 7

Joe performed at City Winery, Boston last week.

I received the following message from a loyal follower of this Blog.

Hey, Stefan,
I've been hooked on Joe since the streetnoise in 'Reverie' broke through my synapses.
I wished you had heard that band, it was other worldly. The 'THRUM ' ensemble thrilled. IN REAL TIME!!!
Joe's banter was meaningful and personal. The drummer has insane nuances besides the punches of his sticks. Mean tambourine. The bass and piano were also out of their body- but son Levon plays like a mad genius. Young but his horn squawking has this unsettling undercurrent. Tight unit cried through the night. 
I almost wanted to go to Woodstock, NY to see him in Levon Helm's Ramble Barn. 
Greetings, Blues Mama

Thank you, Blues Mama, for sharing your story and video.

If anyone else wants to share their JH story, or experience. Feel free to contact me.