Well, it’s been a while, but there are some odds and ends to report. So spike your iced tea and check out a few recent Joe Henry happenings…
JH has written a lovely tribute to the late producer Bob Johnston (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, etc.). You can read “Is It Rolling, Bob?: Remembering Producer Bob Johnston”over at NPR.
As you may recall, JH participated in a unique concert event with The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. American Originalscelebrated the work of songwriter Stephen Foster and also featured guests like Rosanne Cash and Over The Rhine. Now the American Originals performances are slated for release on September 11, and you can hear Joe’s rendition of “O! Susannah” over at The Wall Street Journal. Pre-order the album here.
A recent article about songwriter (and Houston native) Hayes Carll suggests that he will enlist JH as producer for his next record, to be recorded in LA in September (later confirmed by JH on Twitter). As a longtime fan of Carll’s work, this is pretty exciting news to me, and I can’t wait to hear what they cook up together. (Thanks to Stefan for the tip.) UPDATE: Carll, who is appearing at the Houston Press Music Awards show tonight, discusses his upcoming record with the Houston Press. Definitely sounds like it will be a more introspective affair than his previous records.
Stefan also has info regarding Joe’s upcoming appearance at the Aarhus Festival in Denmark. Check it out.
Don’t forget to check out Joe Henry’s 2015 productions, Bettye LaVette’s superlative Worthy and the equally stunning new record from Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris entitled The Traveling Kind. Birds of Chicago recorded their upcoming album at Garfield House (the last recording to be made there) and is probably on track for an early 2016 general release.
That’s it for now. As always, let me know if you hear news in and around the world of Joe Henry!
UPDATE: And I guess because it’s my blog and I get to post whatever I like, I’ll rattle off a few of my favorite 2015 record releases thus far, in no particular order:
Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
The Milk Carton Kids – Monterrey
Ashley Monroe – The Blade
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – The Traveling Kind
Journalist David Royek was kind enough to alert me that the latest issue of Fretboard Journal features a great article with JH. This is a really cool publication, especially if you love vintage acoustic guitars.
Even better, JH is featured in an accompanying podcast interview with publisher Jason Verlinde. You can download the podcast here.