Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
In addition to Billy Bragg’s solo performance, Bluesfest is proud to announce that Billy Bragg and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Joe Henry will bring their Shine a Light concert to Bluesfest in 2017.
The pair’s joint love obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas brought them together in 2016 for ‘Shine a Light’: a collection of acoustic covers of railway-themed songs that features harmony-heavy duets.
They recorded the album on railroad trip that spanned over the course of four days and 2,728 miles in trackside waiting rooms as the train stopped to pick up passengers. The thirteen tracks recorded perfectly captures the vivid atmospheres of the environments in which they recorded – from the lush soft-furnished sleeping cabins to the cathedral-like ambience of historic railway stations.
For over 30 years, England’s Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner, releasing iconic solo albums and collaborating with Wilco, Natalie Merchant and more recently Joe Henry. For over 20 years, Henry himself has left a unique imprint on American music. His poetic songs incorporate a broad swathe of American musical styles – rock, jazz, soul, folk-imbued blues and alt-country stylings.
"Bragg and Henry’s latest is a resounding statement on the foundation of one of the greatest achievements of American backbone and its influence on the world." – PopMatters
“a pairing that embodies grit and molasses….musically satisfying and hugely enjoyable…"
"Haunting, atmospheric and awareness-raising in its celebration of a lost industry and tradition, the album may be romantic but it's also authentic." – The Quietus
"…a muscular chronicle of North America’s railway age." – The Observer