Billy Bragg and Joe Henry

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry get together on a new album of train songsbilly bragg joe henry



An unlikely pairing perhaps?  Well, maybe not.

Billy Bragg’s latest album Tooth & Nail (2013) was produced by Joe Henry.  Somewhere along the line, they thought it would an idea to re-connect, this time behind the microphone and on a train.  The unusual project is entitled Shine A Light – Field Recording From The Great American Railroad.  The album features songs by Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Lead Belly and other greats and was recorded as part of a rail journey at train stops over four days across America – the Texas Eagle from Chicago to San Antonio and Los Angeles.

The duo will support the record with a UK tour in November and a series of US dates this September/October, including shows at the Americana Music Conference and Festival aka Americanafest.  More info below.

Here is a sample, including their version of ‘Midnight Special’:

Track Listing for Shine A Light:
1. Rock Island Line – Traditional (Recorded by Lead Belly, Lonnie Donegan)
2. The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore – Jean Ritchie
3. The Midnight Special – Traditional (Lead Belly)
4. Railroad Bill – Traditional (Riley Puckett)
5. Lonesome Whistle – Hank Williams
6. KC Moan – Traditional (The Memphis Jug Band)
7. Waiting For A Train – Jimmie Rodgers
8. In The Pines – Traditional (Lead Belly, The Louvin Brothers)
9. Gentle On My Mind – John Hartford (Glen Campbell, Aretha Franklin)
10. Hobo’s Lullaby – Goebel Reeves (Woody Guthrie)
11. Railroading On The Great Divide – Sara Carter (The Carter Family)
12. John Henry – Traditional (Doc Watson)
13. Early Morning Rain – Gordon Lightfoot


Billy Bragg & Joe Henry N. American Tour Dates:
9/23 – Americana Festival – Nashville, TN
9/24 – Americana Festival – Nashville, TN
9/27 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
9/28 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
9/29 – New York Society For Ethical Culture – New York, NY
10/2 – The Wilbur – Boston, MA
10/4 – Bronson Centre – Ottawa, ON
10/5 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
10/17 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
10/18 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
10/21 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
10/22 – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR
10/24 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
10/25 – The Palace – Los Angeles, CA


Billy Bragg and Joe Henry get together on a new album of train songs


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