Joe Henry – New Album and Australian Tour

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Invisible Hour To Be Released

September 2014 Tour In Australia

Joe Henry, songwriter and producer extraordinaire, is to return to Australia in September and is soon to release his thirteenth album.  “I went into the making of this whole record with an ethos driven by emotional clarity” Henry says of Invisible Hour, by far his most personal work to-date.  His departure here makes this a stand-out in his catalogue, and surely a record he hasn’t made before.  “I wanted it to sound as if I were face to face with anybody listening to it.”

Invisible Hour, released in Australia in June, was recorded at Henry’s own Pasadena Studio The Garfield House with musicians: Greg Leisz, John Smith, Jay Bellerose, Jennifer Condos, David Piltch, and Levon Henry.  The album features guest appearances by The Milk Carton Kids and Lisa Hannigan, the latter co-wrote the title track along with Henry and novelist Colum McCann.  The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer (and regular Henry co-conspirator) Ryan Freeland.

Described in the San Francisco Weekly as a “literate purveyor of a kind of folk-imbued, smokily jazzified, contemporary “adult music” that in a far better world would reside at the top of the pop charts.”

In a career spanning more than two decades, Henry as a songwriter, artist and producer has left a unique imprint on American popular music.  On his own albums, Henry has collaborated with many remarkable American artists, including Don Cherry, T Bone Burnett, Victoria Williams, The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris and Marc Perlman, guitarists Page Hamilton, Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot, Daniel Lanois, Jakob Dylan, and even Ornette Coleman in a rare appearance for the jazz icon.

Allmusic‘s Thom Jurek, wrote that Henry “has moved into a space that only he and Tom Waits inhabit in that they are songwriters who have created deep archetypal characters that are composites—metaphorical, allegorical, and ‘real’—of the world around them and have created new sonic universes for them to both explore and express themselves in.”

As an album producer, Henry’s influence has shaped the sound of iconoclastic artists including Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Ani DiFranco, Bettye LaVette, and Aimee Mann.  In 2003, he earned a Grammy Award for his production role on Solomon Burke’s astonishing comeback record Don’t Give Up On Me, and worked alongside his hero and good friend Loudon Wainwright III to create the score for the hit film Knocked Up, material which later became Wainwright’s full-length Strange Weirdos.

 

“Mr. Henry’s embattled growl, with its Southern soul inflections, is a potent instrument that puts a personal stamp on lyrics that follow the elliptical style of Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello. His ominous urban and suburban tableaus also have more than a little Tom Waits in them (with their) woozy carnival atmosphere.” New York Times live review

“Henry’s rough croon is a rich, warm sound that instantly draws you into its sonic world. You won’t want to leave.” Entertainment Weekly

“Henry emotes with astonishing conviction” Paste Magazine

“The sound of a Joe Henry record is unmistakable, whether it’s one of his own or one he’s produced. There’s richness to the instruments, as well as depth and warmth that help set his world apart.” NPR

 

JOE HENRY TOUR DATES

Tuesday 9th September The Basement, Sydney NSW
Tickets: thebasement.com.au ph: 1300 438 849

Wednesday 10th September The Basement, Sydney NSW
Tickets: thebasement.com.au ph: 1300 438 849

Friday 12th September Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC
Tickets: melbournerecital.com.au ph: 03 9699 3333

Saturday 13th September Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan VIC
Tickets: lyrebirdartscouncil.com.au

Sunday 14th September Brisbane Festival, Spiegeltent, Brisbane QLD
Tickets: brisbanefestival.com.au

Author: Rob Dickens

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