Author: dkhtown

Heath Cullen’s ‘Springtime In The Heart’ available now

HC1Joe Henry has returned to the producer’s chair on the new record from Australian singer-songwriter Heath Cullen.  Springtime In The Heart features not only JH at the helm but a whole band of his A-listers – Jay Bellerose, Jen Condos, Patrick Warren, Levon Henry and Adam Levy – to support Cullen on the record.  The result captures a unique spin on a sound that sits somewhere along the spectrum of classic Tom Waits/Joe Henry/Elvis Costello.  Fans of Joe’s production work will not be disappointed and fans of Heath Cullen – and great songwriters in general – will find much to love here.  This is a warm introduction (for me) to Cullen’s talent and a welcome return to production for JH.

The record is available exclusively on Bandcamp.  Cullen recently offered this explanation as to why you won’t find his album on any large streaming services.  You can also support him in various ways via his Patreon page.  He has developed an impressive discography over the years – his previous records featured players like The Imposters, Jim Keltner and Marc Ribot – by building a grass-roots following in his homeland and beyond.

Also, check out this fantastic video on the making of Springtime In The Heart

And here is a video from the studio for the title track…

And, finally, Heath’s recent take on JH’s “Time Is A Lion”…


Dylan Hicks – On Joe Henry

I dropped a quick link to this on Joe Henry’s birthday, but…

I should add that writer/musician Dylan Hicks has written an incredible piece on the work of Joe Henry, giving us a critical look at his career spanning from Shuffletown to The Gospel According To Water.

Please set aside some time and soak up a wonderful piece of writing about an incredible body of work.

Joe Henry schedules winter Midwest dates

JH_2019_4In addition to his upcoming appearance at Big Ears in Knoxville, Joe Henry has scheduled his first tour dates in a long while. Here’s hoping a few more are still to come.

Solo acoustic:

  • Feb. 20 – The Dakota, Minneapolis
  • Feb. 22 – Old Town School of Folk, Chicago
  • Feb. 23 – The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI

Joe Henry’s 115th Dream (with Jay Bellerose, David Piltch, Jason Moran, Levon Henry & Marc Ribot):

  • Mar. 26-29 – Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, TN

Joe Henry’s The Gospel According To Water released today

The wait is over, and today marks the release of Joe Henry’s new album, The Gospel According To Water.

Head over to JH’s website to hear each track and read introductions to each by some of Joe’s close artistic friends.

A few must-reads about the record:

New tracks and video from The Gospel According to Water

With two weeks to go until the release of his new record The Gospel According to Water (November 15), Joe Henry asked some friends on Twitter to introduce tracks from the new album.

You can hear the leadoff track “Famine Walk” over at JH’s website, which was debuted by Rosanne Cash.

Update: Additional tracks are up at JH’s site, introduced by Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello and Jackson Browne (and more to come, I imagine).

Additionally, there is a new track on Spotify “In Time for Tomorrow”, which features Birds of Chicago on backing vocals.

Finally, there is video shot by frequent JH photographer Jacob Blickenstaff, which is titled 3’40” and set to the debut track “Bloom”

Joe Henry to play album release show at Largo (Nov. 15)

To celebrate the release of his forthcoming record, The Gospel According To Water, JH will appear at Largo at the Coronet on November 15 (also the release date for the album).

According to his social media posts, Joe will perform the album in its entirety with some special guests in tow.

Tickets available here.