Adored for his wise and thoughtful lyrics and music, Joe Henry always manages to find the right words and right tunes and he does it again on new album, All The Eye Can See.
Joe Henry is one of those artists you rarely find nowadays. He’s passionate about his work, unbelievably talented in multiple ways, and a grand singer-songwriter. Not only is Joe Henry a successful musician, but he’s also produced albums for artists ranging from Solomon Burke (for which he won a Grammy Award), Hugh Laurie, Aimee Mann, Rodney Crowell, and Elvis Costello. In many ways, the prolific Henry has been reshaping the definition of American folk music for years.
On All The Eye Can See, Henry is joined by more than 20 musicians, among them his trusted long-time musical companions and friends – Levon Henry on saxophone and clarinet, David Piltch on bass, Patrick Warren on piano and keys, and John Smith on acoustic guitar. The album was mainly self-recorded at Joe Henry’s home during a phase of worldwide lockdowns. Henry explains, “I assumed as I began this process that, owing to circumstances, I would be making the most skeletal album of my career; when in fact, I have in many ways made my most expansive record to date.”
It is an intimate album, highly emotional, amazingly quiet, beautiful, and relaxed, with simple yet skillful tunes, touching lyrics, and unforgettable songs framed by an instrumental prelude and prologue.
“I know that I have never allowed myself to write and release songs as personal as these now feel to me.” – Joe Henry