A couple of other noteworthy tracks produced by Joe Henry are now available:
Aimee Mann recorded a version of The Carpenters’ “Yesterday Once More” for the new HBO series Vinyl. It was produced by JH, and you can listen to it on Stefan’s site or purchase the track from iTunes.
Hayes Carll has released another track from his upcoming JH-produced record, Lovers & Leavers. “Sake of the Song” can be heard over at Rolling Stone or purchased from iTunes (separately or included with the album pre-order). The album will be released on April 8.
Bonnie Raitt returned from a long recording hiatus with the release of her last record, the widely acclaimed Slipstream. The seeds of that record were sown in the basement of Joe Henry’s former residence, Garfield House. Though much of Slipstream was comprised of tracks recorded later and produced by Raitt herself, four of the tracks from those Garfield sessions – including two Bob Dylan songs and two JH-penned songs – were included and considered among the highlights of the record.
Today Bonnie Raitt releases a welcome follow-up titled Dig In Deep. Though the record largely contains new recordings (once again produced by Raitt), she felt the inclusion of another song from the Garfield House sessions was appropriate, this one written by JH himself and titled “You’ve Changed My Mind.” From the Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot:
On “Dig in Deep,” she ties together devastating performances of Bonnie Bishop’s “Undone” and Joe Henry’s acoustic “You’ve Changed my Mind,” with her own stark composition, “The Ones We Couldn’t Be.”
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.
The long-awaited new record from Hayes Carll will be released on April 8. Lovers and Leavers was produced by Joe Henry and promises to highlight Carll’s more introspective songwriting.
NPR Music is featuring the track “The Love That We Need” and does not disappoint. This is going to be a helluva record.
(BTW, over the holidays, I was fortunate to see Carll at The Mucky Duck in Houston. All of the new material he played was top-notch, and he was joined on a few songs by singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, who also co-wrote “The Love That We Need” along with Jack Ingram.)
In stunning news, Allen Toussaint has passed away from a heart attack, following a concert performance in Spain. Tributes are pouring in all over the internet, but I suppose you could start with this one from The Atlantic’s David A. Graham.
JH has not yet added his voice to the chorus of remembrances, but when he does, one can imagine that it will be the most essential of reading.
There is at least one bit of silver lining to this sad news: Toussaint completed a recording project a few weeks ago, helmed by JH. In his Facebook post, engineer Ryan Freeland notes that he is beginning to mix the project today. So it would appear that we will be treated to at least one final project from Toussaint and a long-awaited reuniting of Toussaint with Joe Henry as producer.
Rhiannon Giddens joined Joe Henry, among others, at the Aarhus Festival in Denmark a few weeks ago. You can watch her perform a sensational version of “She’s Got You” with Joe Henry on guitar. Gorgeous!
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