“The sound of a Joe Henry record is unmistakable” writes NPR.
American singer-songwriter, four-time Grammy Award-winner and producer extraordinaire Joe Henry returns to Australia this spring for a national tour to mark the release of his long-awaited 13th studio album, Invisible Hour.
In Melbourne, Joe Henry takes the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall stage at Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday 12 September.
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, Gary Louris and Marc Perlman (The Jayhawks), guitarists Page Hamilton, Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot, Daniel Lanois, Jakob Dylan, and even Ornette Coleman in a rare appearance for the jazz icon.
Invisible Hour, to be 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 Lisa Hannigan (who co-wrote the title track along with Henry and novelist Colum McCann) and The Milk Carton Kids.
The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer and regular Henry co-conspirator Ryan Freeland.
“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.”
“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
Joe Henry also tours Sydney (The Basement), Brisbane (Brisbane Festival Spiegeltent) and regional Victoria (Meeniyan Town Hall) this June.
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