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Joe Henry Early Spring Update

Well, it’s spring (isn’t it?), and there are a few exciting bits of news floating around the JH universe at the moment…

  • The new JH-produced duets album from Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell is titled The Traveling Kind and will be released by Nonesuch on May 12.  Pre-order here, and check out the title track over at Rolling Stone.
  • The Milk Carton Kids will release their highly anticipated new record on May 19.  It’s called Monterey and was recorded live in Nashville at the Downtown Presbyterian Church.  Oh, and of course JH provides his customary commentary to introduce the record – check it out here.
  • JH recently visited with Krista Tippett of On Being.  You can listen to the podcast and check out a live performance video of “Sparrow” here.
  • JH also had a great conversation with Kyle Meredith on The Weekly Feed.  Check it out below…

That’s all I got for now, folks!

Joe Henry on Acoustic Cafe (from Americana Fest)

While attending last month’s Americana Fest in Nashville, JH stopped by Acoustic Cafe’s studios to tape a segment.  His performance and interview can be heard on Episode #1032 (the episode is broken into segments on the website, with performance kicking in around 5:00 min on Segment Two).

Also while in Nashville, JH recorded a video performance at RCA’s historic Studio A, which has been threatened by development and become something of a rallying point for artists.  JH gives us his very unique, open-tuning take on Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down.”  Stunning.

(Hat tip: Stefan)

Late summer Joe Henry update

It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over, and by all appearances, it’s been a busy one for Joe Henry.  A few updates of note:

  • Rodney Crowell recently sent an update about his new record with Emmylou Harris.  The recording sessions in Nashville will be followed up with additional sessions in October.
  • JH was recently in Ireland to record a Christmas record for singer Caitriona O’Leary.  Stefan has done a terrific job of compiling updates and information about the various participants.
  • You can purchase yet another pre-release track from the forthcoming Look Again To The Wind project (due Aug. 19), this one from Steve Earle & The Milk Carton Kids (and it’s terrific).
  • JH debuted a video for “Slide” – enjoy…

A few 2011 odds & ends…

Well, 2011 saw the end, more or less, to my previous music blog, Houston Ramblings.  I decided to make some effort to keeping this blog a going concern and found very little time (or inspiration) for any additional blogging.  As such, I no longer have an outlet for the usual year-end lists, and I hope you'll indulge me a bit for sharing a few of my favorite musical highlights from the past year.  I've got some detailed notes typed up for each of these albums, but for now I thought you might enjoy a quick rundown of my 2011 Favorite Albums.

  1. Joe Henry – Reverie
  2. Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter – Marble Son
  3. Over The Rhine – The Long Surrender (technically a very late 2010 release)
  4. Sam Phillips – Cameras In The Sky (from her subscriber-only digital project The Long Play)
  5. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
  6. Wilco – The Whole Love
  7. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
  8. The Black Keys – El Camino
  9. Hugh Laurie – Let Them Talk
  10. Hayes Carll – KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories)

Whew!  Feels good to get that off my chest.

Joe Henry mix from Paris DJ’s

Following Nicolas Ragonneau's great interview with Joe Henry, Paris DJ's has posted a unique podcast mix of his solo and production work.  Notably, the mix includes a couple of rarities, including JH's production of a Swell Season track (from Levi's Pioneer Sessions) and a b-side from the "This Afternoon" single.

Definitely worth your time to download it and check it out!