The Gospel According to Water Joe Henry
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- 1Famine Walk04:58
- 2The Gospel According to Water06:10
- 4Orson Welles05:44
- 5Green of the Afternoon04:18
- 6In Time for Tomorrow03:42
- 7The Fact of Love04:31
- 8Book of Common Prayer03:30
- 10Gates of Prayer Cemetery #202:50
- 11Salt and Sugar04:47
- 12General Tzu Names the Planets for His Children03:13
- 13Choir Boy02:49
Info zu The Gospel According to Water
Beloved singer/songwriter and Grammy winning producer Joe Henry has confirmed the release of his thirteenth album “Invisible Hour”. The album follows a busy period for Henry who produced songs for Bonnie Raitt's Grammy-winning 2012 album “Slipstream” (including covers of two of his own), and produced Billy Bragg's acclaimed 2013 album “Tooth & Nail”. Henry also produced albums for Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr, Natalie Duncan, Hugh Laurie and Over the Rhine. In 2013 Henry released “Furious Cool”, his much-praised book about Richard Pryor's life and work, co-written with his brother, David Henry.
The album is called The Gospel According To Water. It was recorded over two days this past June, and fairly by accident, when I thought I was merely making demos of thirteen new songs ahead of forgetting them––all but two written between Valentine’s and Father’s Day; all having flowered from the black earth of recent experience––namely a cancer diagnosis late last fall that left me reeling—though, as well, set into motion many blessings and positive shifts in my life, as well as an unprecedented songwriting flurry.
With only a handful of friends playing in support, I entered the studio and tore through these songs with determination and abandon, then went home. I had let nothing clutter or distract me from the essential and true heart of these songs; and upon waking the morning after, I listened and understood that something had transpired that was more than I’d bargained for; that the songs as articulated had sparked an ember that somehow remained bright and alive before me, moving beyond my expectations.
I unexpectedly heard the songs as complete, and vividly so; and knew that the casual circumstances had not limited my expression but in fact liberated me from the cloying aim for posterity that can make weighty any session—and landed me instead in a place both unencumbered by the past and unattached to futures.
Though they have all grown out of darkness, I don’t believe any of these songs themselves to be “dark” in nature, nor about the circumstance that promoted their discovery. In them, I hear deep gratitude, and a compassion toward self that I don’t always possess; an optimism I did not know I’d allowed to flourish.
These recordings are raw and wirey and spare because the songs insisted they be. But I believe them to be as wholly realized––as “produced”––as anything I’ve touched, as well as being deeply and fundamentally romantic: in love with life, even when that life founders and threatens to disappear; lustfully aglow, not in spite of the storm but because of one.
Come November, then, I will hand this all over—while the sky is bright, and leaves are still turning and descending––the days listing as they grow brisk and shorter. (Joe Henry)
Joe Henry, vocals
In a career spanning more than 25 years, Joe Henry has left an indelible and unique imprint on American popular music. As a songwriter and artist, Henry is celebrated for his exploration of the human experience. A hyper-literate storyteller, by turns dark, devastating, and hopeful, he draws an author’s eye for the overlooked detail across a broad swath of American musical styles — rock, jazz and blues — rendering genre modifiers useless.
Henry has collaborated with many notable American artists on his own body of work, from T Bone Burnett, Daniel Lanois, and Van Dyke Parks on one side of the spectrum, to Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Brad Mehldau, and Bill Frisell on the other. A three-time-Grammy-winning producer, Henry has made records for Bonnie Raitt, Hugh Laurie, Lisa Hannigan, Elvis Costello, and Solomon Burke among many others.
Additionally, Henry has taken his musical talents to film and television. He has scored music for the films Jesus’ Son, Knocked Up, and Motherhood, as well as produced tracks for the film I’m Not There. His song “Stars” was featured in the closing credits in the fourth season of HBO’s Six Feet Under.
In 2013, Algonquin Press published, “Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World that Made Him,” a book co-written by Joe and his brother Dave Henry.
In 2016, Henry teamed up with Billy Bragg on the collaborative album Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad. The pair were subsequently nominated as “Duo/Group of the Year” by the Americana Music Association.
As a solo artist and a producer alike, Henry’s records are marked with a consistent sonic depth, attention to narrative, and emphasis on the beauty of spontaneity.
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