|Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones — Foreverly (2013)|
Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones — Foreverly
Born: on February 17, 1972, in Berkeley, CA
Member of: Foxboro Hot Tubs, Green Day, Pinhead Gunpowder
◊♣ Pianist who sold millions with her beguiling vocals and a musical blend featuring jazz, traditional vocal pop, bluesy country, and contemporary folk.
Born: March 30, 1979 in Brooklyn, NY
Member of: The Little Willies
Location: New York
Album release: November 25, 2013
Record Label: Reprise
01 Roving Gambler 4:10
02 Long Time Gone 3:30
03 Lightning Express 5:01
04 Silver Haired Daddy of Mine 3:15
05 Down in the Willow Garden 4:34
06 Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet? 2:58
07 Oh So Many Years 3:06
08 Barbara Allen 4:49
09 Rockin' Alone (In an Old Rockin' Chair) 3:02
10 I'm Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail 4:21
11 Kentucky 3:26
12 Put My Little Shoes Away 3:28
◊♣ All tracks by Billie Joe Armstrong / Norah Jones
• Billie Joe Armstrong Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Pump Organ, Quotation Author, Vocals
• Chris Bilheimer Art Direction
• Charlie Burnham Harmonica, Mandolin, Violin
• Greg Calbi Mastering
• Marina Chavez Photography
• Chris Dugan Engineer, Mixing
• The Everly Brothers Tributee
• Kabir Hermon Assistant Engineer
• Norah Jones Chimes, Guitar (Ac. + El.), Piano, Pump Organ, Quotation Author, Vocals
• Jonny Lam Pedal Steel Guitar
• Tim Luntzel Bass
• Dan Rieser Drums, Percussion
By Ryan Reed
• November 14, 2013 12:00 PM ET
◊♣ Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and jazz-pop siren Norah Jones aren’t the most logical collaborators on paper, but they’ve found a common ground in their mutual love for the Everly Brothers. With their collaborative country-folk LP, Foreverly, Armstrong and Jones have crafted an album-length tribute to the Brothers’ 1958 album, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.
◊♣ "If I could recall all the heartaches / Dear old daddy, I've caused you to bear," Armstrong and Jones sing in tight-knit harmony, chased by honky tonk piano. ◊♣ "If I could erase those lines from your face / And bring back the gold to your hair." In a recent interview with Rolling Stone's David Fricke, the duo talked about their collaborative process.
◊♣ Backed by a skeletal rhythm section and discreet flourishes of fiddle and steel guitar, Armstrong and Jones emulate the Everlys’ tight vocal formation while making more explicit the emotional and sexual tensions in “Oh So Many Years” and the traditional ballad “Barbara Allen.”
◊♣ “That was the key to us — not to just copy the record,” says Jones, noting the emotional and sexual tension they brought out from the material. Recorded Foreverly with Armstrong in New York over nine days this spring and summer. “Songs like ‘Down in the Willow Garden’ and ‘Put My Little Shoes Away’ — they’re such dark lyrics. We thought we’d play that up.”
◊♣ "It seemed so cryptic that these guys would be doing songs about death, being in jail and lost love," he says. "I liked the whole concept that this was something taught to them, and now it's being taught to me. I thought it would be cool to pass the tradition one more time."
◊♣ Re-creating the Everlys’ album was Armstrong’s brainstorm; getting Jones was his wife Adrienne’s idea. Jones took younger Everly Phil’s parts, typically singing the high harmonies; Armstrong played Don. Foreverly came together so quickly that Armstrong and Jones have no plans for live shows together — yet. The former is “chillin’ for the rest of this year,” then going to Australia with Green Day in February. “It would be fun to do a couple of things together,” Armstrong admits. “Right now, we’re taking everything in stride.” Fortaken: http://www.rollingstone.com/
Artist Biography by Michael Sutton
◊♣ Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar, vocals) received slings and arrows from obstinate punk fans when his band Green Day leapt from the underground and onto MTV in 1994. Born on February 17, 1972, in Berkeley, CA, Armstrong is the youngest of six children; his father died from lung cancer when he was only ten. Armstrong formed Sweet Children in 1987 with bassist Mike Dirnt. The group's name became Green Day in 1989, and Al Sobrante (drums) joined the band, eventually replaced by Tre Cool. Green Day's first two albums, 39/Smooth and Kerplunk, solidified their place in the Southern California punk scene of the early '90s. However, when 1994's Dookie was released on a major label and sold more than eight million copies, Green Day was accused of selling out. Armstrong married his girlfriend Adrienne Nesser in June 1994; nearly a year later their first child, Joseph Marcicano, was born. On November 21, 1996, Armstrong was cited for indecent exposure at a Green Day gig in Milwaukee, WI. Armstrong was taken to a police station after the concert, but he was released after paying the bail of $141.85. With each Green Day album, Armstrong continued to ignore the criticisms of the group's early fans as the band proceeded to strengthen their status within the mainstream.
Artist Biography by Zac Johnson
◊♣ Sultry vocalist and pianist Norah Jones developed her unique blend of jazz and traditional vocal pop with hints of bluesy country and contemporary folk due in large part to her unique upbringing. Born March 30, 1979, in New York City, the daughter of Ravi Shankar quietly grew up in Texas with her mother. While she always found the music of Billie Holiday and Bill Evans both intriguing and comforting, she didn't really explore jazz until attending Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. During high school, Jones won the Down Beat Student Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition in 1996, and earned a second Best Jazz Vocalist award in 1997. Putting her vocal talents on the back burner, Jones worked toward earning a degree in jazz piano at the University of North Texas for two years before accepting a friend's offer of a summer sublet in Greenwich Village during the summer of 1999.
◊♣ Although she fully intended to return to college that fall, the lure of the folk coffeehouses and jazz clubs proved too strong and she soon became inspired to write her own songs. Jones appeared regularly with the trip-hop-electronica band Wax Poetic and assembled her own group around songwriters Jesse Harris (guitar) and Lee Alexander (bass), with Dan Rieser on drums. In October of 2000, the group recorded a handful of demos for Blue Note Records and on the strength of these recordings, Jones signed to the jazz label in early 2001. Following an appearance on Charlie Hunter's Songs from the Analog Playground, Jones spent much of 2001 performing live with Hunter's group and working on material for her debut.
◊♣ Come Away with Me, recorded by Craig Street (Cassandra Wilson, Manhattan Transfer, k.d. lang) and legendary producer Arif Mardin (Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, the Bee Gees), was released in early 2002 and garnered much public attention. The combination of her striking beauty and the fact that she was the daughter of an internationally renowned musician placed Jones in the awkward position of defending her music from those who dismissed her as another pretty face (the same argument used by those opposed to Diana Krall) and/or another riding the coattails of her musical royal heritage (see Natalie Cole, Miki Coltrane, Corey Parker). Although not by any stretch a "jazz" album (the label chose to call it "jazz-informed"), it featured jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and session drummer Brian Blade, and indicated a new direction for Blue Note combining jazz aesthetics and talent with a pop sensibility. Come Away with Me eventually went multi-platinum, selling 18 million copies worldwide and winning Jones eight Grammy awards.
◊♣ In 2004, Jones released her highly anticipated follow-up album, Feels Like Home. Pairing once again with producer Arif Mardin, Jones pursued a similar approach to Come Away with Me, mixing '70s singer/songwriter-style tracks with blues, country, and her own mellow take on piano jazz. In 2003, Jones played in a group called the Little Willies along with Lee Alexander (bass), Richard Julian (guitar/vocals), Dan Rieser (drums), and Jim Campilongo (guitar), playing covers of classic American music like Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. This one-off performance ultimately turned into sporadic shows at the venue whenever their individual schedules would allow, slowly incorporating original songs into their set along the way. In time, the Little Willies began considering the release of a live album, but instead wound up documenting their sound in the recording studio. Milking Bull Records issued the resultant self-titled album in March 2006.
◊♣ Late in 2006, the single "Thinking About You" announced a return to her solo career. It landed on the album Not Too Late, released in early 2007. The Fall arrived in 2009, followed in 2010 by ...Featuring Norah Jones, a collection of musical collaborations. The following year Jones was asked to provide some vocals for Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) and and Italian composer Daniele Luppi's spaghetti western project, Rome. Burton returned the favor in 2012 by producing and co-writing the songs on Jones' fifth studio album, Little Broken Hearts.
|Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones — Foreverly (2013)|