For its fifth full-length studio album, Around These Parts, Jo Henley turned to the great American pastime for inspiration: the road. With a tip of the cap to Jack Kerouac's beat classic "On the Road," the band sets off on a journey that over the course of ten new songs explores the human condition: hope ("Nowhere to Go But Everywhere"); depression (“One More Night”); mortality (“Bayley-Hazen Road”); religion (“Jericho”); and time and technology (“The Last Monkey Maker”). and historical narratives ("Follow My Light"). Two standout tracks, "Wait Till May" and "Deep in the Dirt" feature Campolieto duetting with talented singer-songwriter Hayley Sabella and represent some of Jo Henley's most compelling songwriting to date. Bass ace Tony Markellis once again handles the low-end duties, and former Jo Henley mate Jordan Santiago rejoins the band on several tracks on violin and mandolin.
Around These Parts may on the surface be a collection of road songs, but the road, for all of its promise, does not always lead one to his intended destination, and as the record progresses, what becomes achingly obvious is that "the road"--both literally and figuratively--is finite. What does go on forever, though, are the stories of the people one meets along the way.
All songs written by Andy Campolieto except "Bayley-Hazen Road" and "Route 81": music by Ben Lee and Andy Campolieto; lyrics by Andy Campolieto.
Engineered by Tim Lynch at The Recording Company in Esperance, NY. Mixed by Tim Lynch.
Produced by Tim Lynch and Jo Henley.
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.
Andy Campolieto (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Ben Lee (electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, dobro); Mike Dingley (drums); Tony Markellis (electric and acoustic bass).
Additional musicians: Tim Lynch (keyboards, percussion); Hayley Sabella (vocals on "Deep in the Dirt" and "Wait Till May"); Jordan Santiago (violin, mandolin).
Around These Parts is available for purchase on CD and as a digital download.