Chely Wright’s new album I Am The Rainwill be released in September.
Canadian singer-songwriter Rose Cousins has recorded a new record with JH and will be released later this year (you can pre-order the record from her website to receive it sometime prior the official release).
JH will open for Rhiannon Giddens at her date this summer at Prospect ParkBandshell as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn! series (announcement on May 10). (UPDATE: Sorry, this was from 2015 – my mistake. But if you are going to be in the NYC area in July, why not check this out?)
And speaking of Ribot, as you may recall, he and JH performed as a duo at the recent Big Ears Festival in Knoxville (read Josh Hurst’s review of the show here). You can watch much of the performance on YouTube in four parts (see below).
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.
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!
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).
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).