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zondag 3 april 2016

...For the sake of the song...

'For the sake of the song' is an absolute wonderful song from Carll Hayes's upcoming album Lovers and leavers. It will be released on April 8, but you can pre-listen the album at Rolling Stone, together with an interview with Carll.

For the sake of the song, is maybe also in 1 sentence Joe's approach to the producing work he does. He spoke about that part in an interview with the Bluegrass Situation's series 'The producers'.

 It struck me last week that everything that is coming to the surface for the audience these days, is actually the outcome of a period full of change a year ago. A year ago, Joe moved away from 'the garfield house', something he speaks about in this interview. My previous entry was a review of 'Real Midnight', Birds of Chicago's latest record. That was the last one recorded in Joe's studio at the Garfield house. 'Lovers and Leavers', on the other end, is the first album Joe produced after moving I think. Correct me if I'm wrong in that, because I don't know, but if so, it would make my observation I just wrote down, completely misjudged. But it's alright, it is not that important. The wonderful music we are receiving is what it's about. And Lovers and leavers is absolutely wonderful.
Edit : this seems incorrect. According to this article, Recordings for Chely Wright's album happened in september. The liner notes of Carll Hayes's 'Lovers and Leavers' state that that album was recorded in October.  

Other topics Joe addresses in the interview is his approach to producing, and he talks about a few projects from the past.
And then there is Carll Hayes's 'Lovers and Leavers', of which, off course, Carll himself, but also Joe talk about in their featured interview.

 There is a gap of 5 years between this one, and Carll's previous album. In a sense it is an album about moving on. "My life changed, and I'm changing" Hayes says in the interview, but also the way he wanted it produced heads in that direction : "He didn't want to keep making the same record over and over." Joe explains about early talks with Carll. (A lot of Moving in this post, I know.)

 I Listened to the album, and await now my copy at home. Like the Bluegrass Situation writes :
Joe's latest project is a slight reinvention of the Texas troubadour Hayes Carll, whose new album, Lovers and Leavers, chucks the full-band sound of his last two efforts. In its place is a quieter sound -- introverted and melancholic -- more akin to the low-key ruminations of Mickey Newbury than the wild romps of Ray Wylie Hubbard. That it succeeds is a testament not only to Carll’s vivid songwriting, but to the intimate setting Henry creates for these songs.
I leave you with this introduction to 2 wonderful interviews, and a great album. 

Read Joe's Interview with the Bluegrass Situation.
Read Carll Hayes's interview and pre listen 'Lovers and Leavers'.
Pre-order 'Lovers and Leavers'.

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