Well, friends, at long last, here it is: the very first single off our upcoming album! While the new album really runs the gamut from both the biggest and loudest songs we've ever recorded, as well as our quietest and sparsest, "Ghosts Between My Bones" is the best introduction to the warm, reel-to-reel, analog sound we were going for. Our longtime producer and friend Tim Lynch really worked hard with us to capture the essence of a '70s vinyl sound--nearly everything we tracked was either recorded straight to tape, or at some point run through tape, and we couldn't be happier with the results.
In October it will be 10 years since we released our debut EP Long Way Home. I remain as proud of that 7-song EP today as I did then, and yet when I listen to "Ghosts Between My Bones" I can hear all the time from then till now that we have put into our craft. I hear all the struggles and all the successes, all the peaks and all the valleys, all the miles, all the sweat, all the tears. This is a special day for Jo Henley.
In the coming days and weeks we will update you on all the exciting happenings coming up, from release parties to videos to shows, but for today we are thrilled to be able to share this, this first taste of what's to come. We hope you enjoy it, and we would love nothing more than for you to share it with your friends and family. Spread the word!!!
Andy & JH
After a brief hiatus while we each took a couple weeks off for some summer vacationing, we are refreshed, recharged, and chomping at the bit to get back to business. Next week we have two excellent shows (three, if you could a private party in Maine).
On Wednesday, July 27, Ben and I will team up once again with our friend Tony Markellis for an intimate trio show in lovely Saratoga Springs at the Mouzon House. The Mouzon House's charming patio is the perfect setting for these acoustic trio shows, and with the track season about to begin and the weather forecasting nothing but blue skies and sunshine, this is sure to be a beautiful night for live music. We hit the stage at 7pm. Come join us for drinks and some top-notch creole-inspired food.
Then on Saturday, July 30, we return to legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, for a full-band afternoon show starting at 3pm. It's always an honor to step onto Passim's subterranean stage, where so many of music's greatest acts have performed before us, and share our music. Tickets will be available at the door, but if you want to make sure you get a great seat, get them earlier by going here.
See you at the shows...and stay tuned for exciting news about our upcoming studio album due out in September!
Andy & JH
Friends, we have some outstanding local shows this month to kick off the summer! On Friday, June 10, Ben and I are playing a special duo show at Cape Ann Brewing Company in Gloucester, hosted by our friends at Evolvement Music. This will be our first at Cape Ann Brewing Company and are really looking forward to it. If the taproom is anywhere as excellent as its beer, it'd going to be a fantastic night. Music starts at 8pm.
Then we have two full-band shows the following week, starting with Jo Henley's return to the one and only Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge on Thursday, June 16. We hit the stage for 2 sets starting at 10pm. Atwood's is practically ground zero for the Boston-area roots-rock scene and it's always pleasure to play that room. Great people, great food, great sound. What's not to love?
And two nights later, on Saturday, June 18, from 1-5pm, we are back at T-Bones Roadhouse in America's hometown, Plymouth, for 3 monster, jam-filled sets! I am in love with the way this band has been firing on all cylinders and cannot wait to share what we have been up to lately. We've got brand new songs, fresh takes on old ones, and a bunch of surprises. Come spend the afternoon with us!
New show announcements coming later this week, plus a sneak peek at the first single off our upcoming album release! Lots of exciting news in the works. Stay tuned...
Andy & JH
Last weekend, Ben and I had the privilege of participating in Caffe Lena's Folk-A-Thon, a weekend-long celebration and fundraiser for the country's oldest, continuously-run folk venue, located in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY. We played a duo set of mostly brand-new material from our upcoming record, due out in August, a couple old chestnuts, and a cover of Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go." We chose that song because it seemed fitting: the Folk-A-Thon was a goodbye, of sorts, to the old venue, the old stage, before renovations begin--the same stage on which Dylan himself stood on numerous occasions in the club's early years. "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" is, to my mind, one of the finest goodbye, end-of-relationship songs ever penned, striking the perfect balance between sadness and hopefulness. It is painful and poignant and beautiful. Last weekend was the first time we played it live, and, to quote Tony Markellis, "No one got hurt," which is to say it was well received.
But, if I am being honest, I originally learned "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome" not for the Caffe Lena event, but rather to play at my friend Carole's memorial service. She was a lover of the arts, a huge supporter of the band, and just an incredible person in general. I was honored to have been asked to play a tune or two, and I immediately knew I wanted to do Dylan's song. But, due to a series of unexpected personal reasons, I was unable to attend. At the time, those reasons were dire enough to be valid excuses for missing the service, but now, 6 months later, they feel flimsy. I wish I had a redo.
Today is Mother's Day, and we will be playing at T-Bones in Plymouth, the town where Carole made her home, spread joy, and left her mark on the community. Ben and I are going to play "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You're Gone" today, and though it's 6 months too late, one's spirit never leaves us. It's never too late to pay tribute.
As I mentioned, the new record is 100% done. Shortly we will post sneak previews, pre-order information, and so on. Also, be sure to check our show schedule; new gigs are being added all the time, including Wednesday, May 25, in Saratoga Springs, NY, at the Mouzon House, with Tony on bass, which happens to be my 40th birthday (yikes! 40? Is that possible?). I hope to see many familiar faces from the 518!
Happy Mother's Day, y'all!
Andy & JH
In an attempt to summarize our show at The Fallout Shelter, I have written and deleted this post at least five times. Words can't do it justice. To fully understand, you have to experience it yourself. Look up their schedule and pick one. Bill Hurley and his team at The Extended Play Sessions bring in the best Americana and roots acts working today and put them up on a glimmering stage in front of an intimate, engaged audience--and film it all in glorious HD. It is an amazing experience to be a part of, and one that we will not soon forget. Hayley opened the show and dropped jaws with a gorgeous set of all new material, and Rob Loyot, who recorded and produced our album Inside Out, added blistering saxophone and percussion to our set. Hayley later joined us for a reprise of our "Deep in the Dirt" duet from Around These Parts. The whole evening was a gem.
We are excited to share this glimpse into our performance at The Fallout Shelter. The rest of the episode will air in a couple months, and if this snapshot is any indication, it's going to be special. Enjoy!
Friends, we are thrilled to announce that on Friday, March 11, Jo Henley will perform a live show at The Fallout Shelter in Norwood, MA, to be filmed for an upcoming episode of The Extended Play Sessions. Better still, the amazing Hayley Sabella will open the show and an old friend of ours, Robert Loyot, who recorded and produced our album "Inside Out," will join us on saxophone and percussion.
The Extended Play Sessions Fallout Shelter is an incredible place to see live music. It blew my mind the first time I stepped foot inside. Seating is limited, making it an intimate listening experience, plus there is free food and beverages, all for a suggested donation of a mere $25. You simply cannot find a better deal than that. Shows at The Fallout Shelter are NOT open to the public, but anyone who wants to attend and be part of this special night can reserve a seat by sending an email to email@example.com. Also feel free to message me with any questions.
PS: Everyone in attendance will receive one of these limited-edition posters!
2016 is going to be our year. We kicked the year off in style with a return to Rockland on Friday night, taking the stage to a packed house at Players Sports Bar. With our bud Amer Saab joining us on keyboards--a vintage Wurlitzer--we were ready to dig into some deep jams, and the crowd was right there with us. It was a special night. We debuted some new covers, including a funky, adventurous Scarlet > Fire, and introduced some brand-new songs that I can already tell will be in regular rotation in our live shows for years to come. So many times I found myself closing my eyes, smiling wide, feeling the music wash over me.
The success of Friday's show has us itching for T-Bones this Saturday, January 30, from 1-5pm in Plymouth. Don't miss this one; we've got some surprises in store for you!
Check back soon--we have new merch on the way (stickers, hats, and other swag), new gigs to be announced shortly, and of course we are putting the finishing touches on a new record, due out this summer. 2016 is our year. Jump on the train. Enjoy the ride with us.
See you at the shows,
Andy & JH
This morning I awoke to a thick patina of frost on the autumnal landscape of fallen leaves and pumpkins, and, in my garden, the cold-hardy Brussels sprouts and collard greens. I'd fired up the ol' charcoal grill over the weekend to smoke some turkey legs and watch the sky change colors as I drank dark porter and kicked a soccer ball around with my kids, wringing out every last drop of fall from the air before winter rolled in. Truth be told, I have a soft spot for winter. Dressed up in gunmetal-gray and earthy browns initially, and then, before long, downy white snow, winter means braises and soups and bold red wines and pilly wool hats and a warm house and a good book. My old Martin sounds better to my ear while strummed overlooking a snowflake-filled sky. Sure, come February, I will lust over the promise of an impending spring, but until then, there is much to love about this time of year and I intend to romanticize it all out of proportion.
This Friday, December 4, Ben and I head to Saratoga to join Tony Markellis for the winter portion of his ongoing music series at Mouzon House. The three of us have worked a whole lot together over the years, and we always have a lot of fun. More than just fun, though, we make some fine music together. Jo Henley has many faces: duos, trios, full-band, electric, acoustic, and so on, but no matter what, at the very heart of it all, are the songs. That's the foundation upon which all the rest is built, and when the three of us play together, the songs shine. They are broken down to their essence, allowing the stories, the narratives, to unfold. We dig deep, this trio, so you can safely expect we will be playing songs that span our discography, from our very first EP to brand-new tunes. We go on at 7pm. The patio is heated and enclosed, and Saratoga is sure to be sparkling this time of year. Join us!
Looking ahead, we have a full-band show at Aeronuat Brewing Company on Thursday, December 17. We played Aeronaut for the first time in October and loved it. So much fun! Outstanding beer, super nice people, and a just overall a great vibe. We hope to see you all there, Boston-area friends, for what is likely to be our last show of 2015.
Andy & JH
I once heard Jason Isbell refer to fall as his favorite day of the year. In Alabama that might be true, but here in New England we are fortunate to have at least, oh, I don't know, 5 or 6 days of fall. Give or take. Despite what the calendar says, temperature-wise today felt more like a very late fall day, and I found myself craving something autumnal for dinner, so whipped up a batch of maple-cider roasted chicken and a big ol' pot of fluffy, buttery mashed potatoes as the wind outside howled through the trees and kicked up leaves and tossed them around the yard.
There are a couple more to come, but as of this writing I have two Jo Henley shows to announce in the coming weeks. The first is next Friday evening, October 9, at Aeronaut Brewing Company, a terrific craft brewery and taproom in Somerville, MA (14 Tyler St.). This is happening spot with a cool vibe, great beer, and we are really looking forward to making our debut there. We play the happy hour slot, from 6:30-8:15, and it's free, so come on out and have some fun with us next Friday night.
The only place that can rival is craft brewery is? An artisinal distillery of course! Lucky for us, we have been invited to play a special Halloween-themed show on Friday, October 30, at Silo Distillery in beautiful Windsor, VT(3 Artisans Way). This one is going to be fun. The good folks at Silo make hand-crafted, small-batch spirits, which I, and we as a band, are very much looking forward to sampling. Aged whiskey, bourbon, gin, moonshine, vodka, and more--they do it all and all of it well. I can't think of a better place for a Halloween party, so we hope all of our Vermont fans will be sure to join us. We'll play a bunch of JH songs and are guaranteed to get into some deep jams, but we are also working up a bunch of surprise cover songs for just the occasion. If you are inclined to come in your Halloween costume, that would be awesome. But we won't hold it against you if you don't. It's going to be a fantastic night either way! We play from 5:30-7:30, so come early and help us sample the, ahem, spirits!
Happy fall. See you at the shows!
This Friday, Ben, Rebecca, and I are playing in my hometown of Schenectady, NY, at Cafe Nola (617 Union Street), with our friend and bassist Tony Markellis joining us for the night. Music starts at 6:30pm. Cafe Nola serves excellent New Orleans-inspired food and a wide range of beer and drinks. This will be our third time playing there and we are really looking forward to it. Always a good time!
Our Cafe Nola show is just part of our weekend trip to Schenectady. We are also in town to work on our debut acoustic trio EP with producer Tim Lynch and the good folks at The Recording Company. We have a few songs already tracked, and I couldn't be happier with the results. We soon will have an official website launch, EP release, press photos, more shows booked, and, yes, a name. Everyone keeps asking us about the name. All in due time!
In addition to our trio EP, Rebecca will also be lending her lovely voice to the new Jo Henley record that Ben and I are just about to wrap up. This has been our (almost) secret project for much of the past 7 months, and every time I listen to the rough mixes, I get chills. It floors me. I don't want to say too much about it yet. There is still some work to do, not to mention mastering, artwork, vinyl pressings, and all that good stuff. January 2016 is our target date. I'll share some sneak peeks from the studio this weekend so you can hear for yourself.
Come out to Cafe Nola. There's going to be a great crowd at a great venue and Ben, Rebecca, Tony, and I are ready to put on a damn good show for you. See you there!
It seems impossible that this is September here in New England. 91 degrees yesterday, 92 today, and nothing but glorious sunshine all this Labor Day weekend. I hope yours is just as beautiful wherever you are.
Last weekend we had two amazing--and amazingly fun--shows. Our friend Ari, who joined us on the drums for both, snapped this photo of my boy sitting in behind the kit for a couple of songs, including the live debut of a new JH song, "Ghosts Between My Bones."
The twilight of August is upon us, bringing with it the beginning of the end of another glorious New England summer. I am always sad to see the season go, but I haven't much to complain about--I spent a large chunk of this summer hiking, camping, canoeing, and exploring the hills, mountains, and beaches of Vermont and Maine and the Adirondacks. It is so easy to get swallowed up by gadgets and social media and the day-to-day rate race and forget that all around us, usually not more than a very short drive away, is a respite from it all in the form of nature. I know, that almost sounds corny, but it's true. At least it was true for me this summer. I often say that my job in life, if you will, is to experience as many things as I can, process it, ponder it, and turn it into song (or prose or some other creative medium). What makes me incredibly lucky is that I have amazing bandmates to help me make them even better than I ever could alone. My jaunts into the wilderness have filled me with energy and stories and songs. I am excited for what comes next.
This is going to be a super fun weekend of music-making. Ben, Kent, Ari, Rebecca, and I are playing at Woburn's Horn Pond Summer Concert Series tomorrow night--Friday, August 28, from 6-8pm--and then on Saturday, August 29, at T-Bones Roadhouse in Plymouth from 1-5pm. Both shows are FREE. When the five of us play together, it combines the vocals and rootsy qualities of our new acoustic trio with Rebecca with the jammy rock side of Jo Henley and brings JH to a whole new level. Ben and I have seen (or heard, I should say) Jo Henley take shape in numerous different ways over the years, all of them wonderful in their own way, but this particular lineup is especially...agile is the word that comes to mind. We collectively have this feeling that we are equipped to handle wherever the songs take us. Come see for yourself what I mean. Summer may be winding down, the but we all know fall is, really and truly, the best time of year. I can't wait to see, and hear, what comes next. See you at the shows!
Andy & JH
Happy summer daze, friends! Thanks to all who came out to our shows last weekend at T-Bones on Saturday and the Lion Eyes Ride for Sight, a fundraiser to raise money for the blind, hosted by the Rockland Lions Club. Our friend Ari joined us on drums and helped Ben, Kent, and I take some old jams to very new places, as well as adding his jazzy touch to some of our latest material. I'm headed down south to the mountains for some writing inspiration and to visit some old friends for the next couple of weeks, but we we have some excellent shows lined up for August, including headlining Woburn's Horn Pond Summer Concert Series on Friday, August 21, and a return to the Gulu-Gulu in Salem, MA, on Saturday, August 22. Both are free shows, so come on out!
We weren't going to say anything until it was 100% finished, but rumors have been leaking so we might as well come clean: Ben and I have been quietly making a new Jo Henley record, which we will be wrapping up in early August and expect to release by the end of the year. It started off as just something fun to do over the week between Christmas and New Years, challenging ourselves to push the boundaries of roots-rock and the "sound" that Jo Henley has become known for, but what was supposed to be a simple EP quickly sounded so fresh and exciting that we decided to keep following the muse, writing new material, and here we are, just about to start mixing. I don't want to say too much about it, except that we think our fans are really going to be surprised--and happy--with this one. We'll share our first single with you later this summer.
But wait, there's MORE! Those of you who have come out to see our acoustic shows the past few months, including our late-May show at Club Passim, know that we have a new partner-in-crime in vocalist Rebecca Turner. This spring, Ben and I had wanted to play a string of duo gigs, but we didn't necessarily just want to play stripped-down versions of our Jo Henley songs. We wanted something new and different instead. We wanted to fuse the rootsy-jammy sound that is our bread-and-butter with the old-school country and folk duets along the lines of George and Tammy, Gram and Emmylou, and so on. Lyrically, I wanted the challenge of coming up with songs that could be sung as male/female dialogue and different viewpoints than what we typically do in Jo Henley, and musically the starkness of the acoustic guitars and melding of my and Rebecca's vocals opens up whole new worlds. It has been a tremendous experience so far and we are having a blast. Two weeks ago we headed to The Recording Company to track a couple of these new trio songs and they turned out amazing. We hope to have full EP completed later this fall, so be on the lookout! (By then we will also have a name for our trio, too. If you have any suggestions, let us know!)
In the meantime, please keep in touch, look for us on Facebook, and check our show schedule often as we have a bunch of new ones in the works, both as the full Jo Henley and our trio. I feel super lucky to keep doing what I love to do with such amazing folks.
Thank you for your continued support, friends. See you at the shows!
Andy & JH
Friends! Tomorrow afternoon--Saturday, May 30--Jo Henley returns to the legendary, subterranean folk venue Club Passim for an intimate, special performance. Ben, Jordan, Kent, and I will be playing a bluegrass-flavored rendition fan-favorite JH songs, some old chestnuts that haven't been played in years, and a couple brand-new ones.
We also are going to officially unveil a new side acoustic trio side project that Ben and I have been working on with our friend Rebecca Turner, a talented vocalist and veteran of the local music scene. If you are fans of the likes of Gillian Welch, George & Tammy, Gram & Emmylou, The Civil Wars, and so on--and how can you not?-- then you will appreciate what we've been up to. We have been hard at work writing new material specifically for this trio and will be playing those songs for the first time tomorrow at Passim. When we started getting together, to find common ground, we came up with a long list of old-school and even modern folk/country songs we all love and wanted to cover, so we will play some of those too, and we have reworked a bunch of Jo Henley songs too, which we think you guys will like. We are having a blast, and although it's required a lot of homework, a lot of preparation, it has been a whole bunch of fun! We are excited to share with you what we've been up to. Merging these two musical worlds is going to make for a great show tomorrow. I hope you will all come out! Tickets will be available at the door, but if you want to reserve a seat, I suggest you get your tickets online ahead of time here: https://tickets.passim.org/ordertickets.asp?p=4601&backurl=default.asp
Show starts at 3pm sharp! And it's all-ages, so bring the kids!
Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Harvard Square)
We will be busy all summer along, with plenty more dates to come too, so be sure to check our calendar!