The Drop: Joe Henry
In conjunction with the Americana Music Association & 88.5FM KCSN, Sponsored by Amoeba Musicamex
In a career spanning more than 20 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. He also recently acted in the film Pleased to Meet Me, which was written-in-part by his brother Dave Henry and based on an episode of This American Life. In 2013, Algonquin Press published, "Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World that Made Him," a book co-written by the Henry brothers. 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. Join us as we celebrate his newest album, Invisible Hour, with a special interview, moderated by Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Scott Goldman, and performance. Produced by Henry and released on his own Work Song label, the album features numerous guests including The Milk Carton Kids as well as Lisa Hannigan, who co-wrote the title track along with Henry and best-selling novelist Colum McCann. The album has received critical acclaim, being called Henry's "masterpiece" by Paste and "profoundly moving" by NPR.
- The Grammy Museum
- Aug. 27, 2014 - 8:00 PM
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