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Joe Henry

Joe Henry Joe Mabel

Since his 1986 studio debut, Talk of Heaven, LA-based singer-songwriter and producer Joe Henry has consistently created masterful compositions that expertly defy convention.

Known best for his country-inspired work, Henry reinvigorates each new release by warping styles of soul, blues, jazz, and funk.

Henry's latest album, Reverie, breaks even further into new musical territory.  He recorded and produced the album in his South Pasadena basement studio, aiming to forge a "raw, raucous and messy" sound.  He left his windows open – with microphones attached – to capture the sounds of passing traffic and shouting neighbors.  Henry's skeletal backing band included T-Bone Burnett's drummer Jay Bellerose, Tom Waits' guitarist Mark Ribot, and pianist Keefus Ciancia; Henry gave them free license to let the music come as they felt it should.  The result is a stripped-bare blend of blues and folk, its sonic naturalism starkly contrasted by Henry's ever-nuanced musicianship. 


Set List:
AFTER THE WAR                               
DARK TEARS                                      

Recent Release: Reverie
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Label: ANTI

Band Origin: Los Angeles