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donderdag 31 juli 2014

woensdag 30 juli 2014

Beck, Song reader is released.

The compilation album Beck, song reader was released yesterday.

Back in 2012, when he was taking a break from recording proper albums, Beck released Song Reader, an “album” made up of nothing but sheet music. And after refusing to play the songs in public for a long time, he staged a couple of big Song Reader concerts in London and L.A. Many of the famous friends who helped out at those events have now contributed to the official studio version of Song Reader, which is as much a compilation as a Beck album. On the recorded version, Beck only sings one song, “Heaven’s Ladder.” Elsewhere, other people take on the songs that Beck wrote. Contributors include Jack White, Jarvis Cocker, Tweedy, Fun., Norah Jones, Laura Marling, Eleanor Friedberger, Jason Isbell, and Jack Black. And if you’ve got Spotify, you can stream the whole album below.

Joe produced the track 'America, here's my boy' by Swamp Dogg.

Stream the album on Spotify.

zaterdag 26 juli 2014

The new Rodney Crowell-Emmylou Harris duet album

Triple R radio Melbourne spoke to Joe Henry on the Phone while he was in Nashville to record The new Rodney Crowell-Emmylou Harris duet album.

He spoke briefly about this recording :

a couple of things :
- most of the songs are newly written
- it was recorded live in 1 room
- recordings took place at Sound Emporium
- They recorded mostly with their touringband

Listen to it as of approx. 1:25:00 over here.

Update July 31

Rodney Crowell gave us a view on his July month on TwitLonger

Quote :
The first day of July 2014, Emmylou Harris and I picked up where we left off writing songs for a new duet album. A few days later, Billy Payne and Joe Henry joined Emmylou, myself and Glory Band in a Nashville recording studio. Steuart Smith dropped in for a few days, as did Larry Franklin. And in a week’s time, the album was close to finished. With Joe at the helm and Justin Niebank manning the recording desk, Jerry Roe, Byron House, Jedd Hughes, Steve Fishell, Chris Tuttle and the abovementioned guest musicians made Emmy’s job and mine---singing in tune and with honest conviction---a relatively simple task. The plan is to reconvene for a couple of days in October and complete the record.

Interview ABC net september 5

read the full interview  here 

Update November 1

Rodney put the following message on his Facebook about all the things that where on his agenda, this last month. 

...Two days later, Emmylou and I, along with our producer Joe Henry and a studio band featuring Steuart Smith, Jerry Roe, Byron House, Chris Scruggs and Larry Franklin, were back in the studio recording a song that would complete our follow-up duet record. Damn fine record, I must say...

vrijdag 25 juli 2014

JH Recording in Ireland

It seems like Joe is working on a new project :
Update 25/07 : according to a tweet by Drummer Graham Hopkins, it will be an album 'Caitríona O'Leary &guests'.

Update 26/07 : Caitríona O'Leary's Management agency LAM confirmed that it will indeed be a project around Caitríona and guests. The exact title remains to be found. (Thank you for this info)

Update 27/07 : from Rhiannon Laffan's facebook.  

Original Post
After a few hinting tweets, Rosanne Cash tweeted the following message and picture :

Earlier on John Smith tweeted the following picture :

Acdording to tweets by Drummer Graham Hopkins, the recordings are finished and took place in Grouse Lodge.
You can find a long list of artists who recorded there : including : Muse, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party, Manic Street Preachers, Doves,  R.E.M. Bonnie Raitt, Stereophonics, Michael Jackson, Liam Clancy, The Editors,...

Some of the musicians mentioned in these tweets : 

There is off course Rosanne Cash and Tom Jones but also the following

 Donal Lunny is an Irish folk musician

Caitríona O'Leary is internationally known for her performances of Early music and traditional Irish song.

Rhiannon Giddens is known as the lead singer, violinist, banjo player and a founding member of the  Carolina Chocolate Drops. (Joe Henry produced their album 'Genuine Negro Jig')

Gregg Cohen is a Bass player best known for his work with Tom Waits mostly in the 80's. Currently he's working mostly with John Zorn

Rosanne Cash spoke in her tweet about the Wexford Carols :

The Wexford Carols :  

The Wexford Carol is a beloved traditional Irish Christmas carol. It is also known as "The Enniscorthy Carol", as it was originally collected by a folklorist named Grattan Flood in Enniscorthy, a town in Ireland's County Wexford, as well as "Carul Loch Garman" (the Irish translation of "Wexford Carol"). The lyrics, which are in English, date back to the 12th century. As is the case with all very old songs, the history is a bit hard to track, but it appears that the lyrics were added to the tune much later, and it is not believed that the lyrics were originally in the Irish language. Some reverse translations have been made by contemporary Irish trad musicians, but the English lyrics are actually the most traditional ones.
source : worldmusic.about.com

Here you have Alison Krauss her version :

donderdag 24 juli 2014

L.A. performance August, 27th

Songkick announces a Joe Henry concert on Wednesday August 27th,  in the Grammy Museum, Los  Angeles.

This info has been confirmed to me by Joe's management. (Thanks again)

Songkick puts tickets on sale as of July 31.

Update July 25th
The event is now also announced by Joe Henry

Happy to announce that on August 27th, Joe will be the featured guest at The GRAMMY Museum.
He'll be interviewed by Scott Goldman - the VP of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares - and playing some songs as well.
Tickets are on sale to the general public on Thursday, July 31st.
The event is being presented in conjunction with KCSN 88.5 FM and the Americana Music Association.

visit : http://www.grammymuseum.org/events/detail/the-drop-joe-henry

maandag 21 juli 2014

JH on Australian Radio

Melbourne based radio Triple R will have Joe Henry on their show 'off the record' this saturday.

26th July : Joe Henry talks about his new album Invisible Hour and his forthcoming tour of Australia.

 Off the record is aired between 9am and 12 am.

Listen to it here (from approx. 1:24:00-2:13:00)

zondag 20 juli 2014

Summer summary

Hello everyone,

We are back here from the family holiday. After 2 weeks there are some things to update you about...

Berlin radio broadcast

I left just before Joe's Berlin concert would be aired on the radio.
The broadcast was accompagnied by an interview.
Joe talks about his recording basement, writing music, 'sign','lead me on',
Listen to a part of it here : http://www.radiobremen.de/nordwestradio/sendungen/popwelt/audio132590-popup.html

I don't know if the broadcast is still available, but I found the radio playlist on radio bremen's site.

UPDATE July 21 2014

The concert is not aired yet. 

I received the following info from Radio Bremen : 



thanks for the mail.
We have had technical problems on the day. Now we are looking for a new day to broadcast the concert.
Please check our homepage from the beginning of september.

Best regards,

The concert is eventually  aired on October 13,2014.

Bitter tears project


In the verry first post I made, I wrote about the Johnny Cash project 'Bitter tears'. The album is finished and a release date is set for August 19th. It is available for an i-tunes pre order. God is in the details has done excellent work in gathering info on it these last 2 weeks. So please, visit it for detailed info. 


Concermanic has an excellent review on Joe's concert in Boston.

It’s rare that I walk out of a concert feeling outright thankful, but this was one of those. Thank you, Joe Henry, for coming to Boston, and thank you for writing these songs and letting us hear them.

interviews added 
'Invisible hour' reviews added

Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris

In the meantime, the new Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris album is probaly recorded