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.
In its most recent newsletter, Fretboard Journalrevealed that Joe Henry will interview multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz in the upcoming issue, which is due for shipment in the coming weeks. You can subscribe or purchase issues here (there is also a digital iTunes edition available).
Leisz’s playing graced Invisible Hour, and he has long been one of Joe Henry’s go-to players on both his records (see also Civilians) and his productions. Leisz toured last year with Eric Clapton, and he co-produced the new Lucinda Williams record, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (due Sep. 30) as well as contributed string work to every track on the album. He is arguably the most in-demand pedal and lap steel player on the planet.
Fretboard Journal has an interview with Tony Klassen of New Era Guitars. Joe Henry’s name comes up several times, especially in reference to his new signature model, which is due to be finalized later this year. Apparently to be named The Bellwether, the signature model will be based on a 1930’s Washburn (produced and distributed by Tonk Brothers of Chicago during that period).
Remember that if you’re interested, Mr. Klassen has a 2-3 year waiting period. Plenty of information and pictures of his gorgeous guitars over at New Era’s website.
(JH pictured above with his 12-fret New Era Señorita)