Joe Henry adds a pretty serious Nashville record to his production resume today with the release of The Traveling Kind, the second duo record from Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. Which is not to say (obviously) that the album at all embraces the prevailing aesthetic of popular Nashville, but the album is a JH rarity in that none of his regular cohorts appear on it. Instead, Harris and Crowell are surrounded by Music City stalwarts like guitarists Steuart Smith and Jedd Hughes and bassist Byron House. It was recorded at Sound Emporium and The House of Blues, with recording and mixing by Justin Neibank.
- Great article in the Wall Street Journal
- Interview in Salon
- Separate interviews with Harris and Crowell in Huffington Post
To my ears, this record is both a continuation of and an improvement over their 2013 collaboration Old Yellow Moon. Here are a few review links:
UPDATE III: A great performance of “The Weight of the World” as performed for Rolling Stone (link also has a video for “The Traveling Kind”). Jedd Hughes, who appears on the record and tours with the duo, provides lead guitar.