Interviews

Joe Henry interview with The Bluegrass Situation

A new interview with Joe Henry always leaves you with plenty to absorb.  So enjoy this one with The Bluegrass Situation’s esteemed Stephen Duesner, as part of their ongoing The Producers series.

They begin with a discussion of the new Hayes Carll album, but there are plenty of insights from JH on his role as record producer.

Joe Henry at the 2015 Fretboard Summit

As you may recall, JH participated in the first ever Fretboard Summit in November of 2015.  No doubt, many magical moments took place at this unique event, and you can get a glimpse of it now.  Here is a video of JH performing “Eyes Out For You” accompanied by the incomparable Bill Frisell on guitar.

Joe also conducted an amazing interview with David Crosby, and a podcast of that hourlong discussion can be found at FJ’s archive or on iTunes (Podcast #92).  The location for the 2nd Annual Fretboard Summit will be announced in late January.

In other Frisell news, he will release a new album on January 29.  When You Wish Upon A Star is his very unique spin on classic film music.

And after guesting on Lucinda Williams’ 2014 release Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, Frisell will appear on all but one track on her new record Ghosts of Highway 20, due on February 5.  Like its predecessor, it was co-produced by longtime JH cohort Greg Leisz, who also contributes guitar and pedal steel throughout.  Frisell will join Lucinda for her March 4 performance at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Joe & Jay on High Fidelity Podcast

Well, it’s Christmas Eve.  So might I suggest grabbing a cup o’ nog or grog, putting your feet up by the fire and curling up with the latest Live from High Fidelity podcast, featuring Joe Henry and Jay Bellerose (taped in Jay’s man-cave, no less).

Along with host Tom DeSavia and Eric Gorfain, they discuss and spin some of their favorite records and a few yarns along the way.  Clocking in a nearly 3 hours, Episode 25 (Parts 1 & 2) can be downloaded from iTunes here or Hipcast here.

Please have a wonderful holiday and a very safe New Year.  Hope to see you back in 2015.

Early winter Joe Henry update

First, apologies for the light blogging.  I suppose it’s time to crawl out of the woodwork and pass along some of the recent happenings in JH’s universe.

Many thanks and kudos to Stefan for keeping the flame burning in my absence and holding down the European front.  He’s been tireless in his efforts, and much of what you’ll read here I heard about from his blog.

  • In that spirit, be sure to check out Stefan’s interview with JH regarding his passion for vintage guitars.
  • Stefan also first tipped me to JH’s production work on a marvelous new Christmas record by Irish artist Caitriona O’Leary called The Wexford Carols.  For this fascinating collection of nearly forgotten Christmas folk ballads, she is joined by Rhiannon Giddens, Tom Jones and Rosanne Cash.  What a beautiful and surprising holiday collection.  It is available only as an import stateside, but it available in the U.S. iTunes store.
  • Speaking of beautiful Christmas music, Over The Rhine have released their new collection Blood Oranges in the Snow.  Though JH lends no production to this one, frequent collaborators Jay Bellerose, Jennifer Condos and Eric Heywood hold down much of the musical support for the album.  And nobody does Christmas music quite like OtR!
  • The first exciting JH production news for 2015 is that Bettye LaVette will release her new album, Worthy, on Jan. 27.  It features that talents of Jay Bellerose, Doyle Bramhall II, Patrick Warren and Chris Bruce and will available as a deluxe edition with a live performance DVD (pre-order regular edition here, and deluxe edition here).
  • Big, big live performance news for 2015:  JH and Sam Phillips will join forces for two nights (Feb. 21 & 22) at Largo in West Hollywood.  They will share the stage – and a band – for the two evenings.  I’m pretty sure names like Bellerose and Condos will be involved (tickets for Feb. 21, Feb. 22).
  • As a reminder, JH will also have a string of live performances in January.
  • Nell Robinson recently released an interesting CD that was produced by JH at Garfield House.  Rose of No-Man’s Land is Robinson’s tribute to her family’s long tradition of military service, woven together from letters and reflections by her Alabama family.  Ramblin’ Jack, Kris Kristofferson and John Doe all make guest appearances.
  • One final related note… Jay Bellerose continues to be a go-to player for most of T Bone Burnett’s projects.  Therefore, it will come as no surprise that his percussive stamp is all over The New Basement Tapes’ Lost on the River.  Jay can also be found (shyly) in front of the camera for the accompanying Showtime documentary about the project (previous notes on this project here).

Joe Henry weekend wrap (June 30)

JH finished up his all-too-brief U.S. tour on Friday evening in Boston.  His next scheduled performances are in Australia in early September, followed by an appearance in Nashville for the Americana Music Festival.

In the meantime, here are a couple of noteworthy links from the past week or so:

 

Joe Henry on Compared To What Podcast

So as I was loading up my iPod for the trip to Durham, I stumbled upon a wonderful podcast interview with JH.  The Compared To What Podcast is the brainchild of musicians Charlie Hunter and Mocean Worker, and in this conversation between Mocean and JH, they touch upon a variety of topics, including (but by no means limited to) their shared love of Richard Pryor.

Honestly, this is one of the best interviews I've ever heard with JH so do not hesitate to check it out (direct link, iTunes link).

Joe Henry favorite ‘On The Waterfront’ out in new Criterion edition

Some of you may recall that back in 2011, Joe Henry answered a number of questions from Nicolas Ragonneau of Paris DJ's.  Among the very intriguing questions, JH was asked for his 10 Desert Island films.  Turns out many of those titles just so happen to belong to the Criterion Collection film library, and another of Joe's favorites has now been added to the collection.

Elia Kazan's masterpiece On The Waterfront is out this week in a stellar Blu-ray edition, which features three (!) aspect ratios and a pile of new bonus features.  Reviewers are falling all over themselves, and here in February, we already have a contender (sorry) for the strongest hi-def release of the 2013.

Martin Scorsese talks On The Waterfront (excerpted from the bonus feature):

A Tale of Two Aspect Ratios:

Joe Henry featured in Fretboard Journal (plus podcast)

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.