Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Billie Joe & Norah Foreverly Reprise 2013

The most unlikely of duos goes back to the future with a stellar tribute to Phil Everly!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
In today's overly produced and somewhat sterile sound associated with multiple genres there is a refreshing organic quality the emanates from Foreverly. The pairing of Green Day front man and rock and roll wild child Billie Joe Armstrong with arguably the finest female vocalist of the last twenty five years seem not to work, at least on paper.
Roots music. Foreverly is the modern day riff on Songs Our Daddy Taught Us originally released by the Everly Brothers in 1958. If Norman Rockwell could be set to music than Foreverly would be the harmonic equivalent of timeless American classics where less is more and substance trumps style. "Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" and "Kentucky" are two of the traditional gems that are given new life while an unmistakable air of authenticity permeates this soon to be classic recording.
This is perhaps the first country release that I have taken a look at. Today we have country music as a log jam of artists unable to crack the rock charts so they add a black cowboy hat to their arsenal and then sing about a rural America they have never lived in but instead only "heard about." Tradition in both jazz and country music is something that is held in quiet reverence. Foreverly is a sophisticated celebration of great American music that is getting a second chance at a lyrical life. It simply does not get better than this!
Tracks: Roving Gambler; Long Time Gone; Lighting Express; Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine; Down In The Willow Garden; Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feat?; Oh So Many Years; Barbara Allen; Rockin' Alone; I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail; Kentucky; Put My Little Shoes Away.

Personnel: Billie Joe Armstrong: Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Pump Organ; Norah Jones: Vocals; Electric and Acoustic Guitar, 6 String Banjo, Chimes; Pump Organ, Piano; Dan Rieser: Drums & Percussion; Tim Luntzel: Bass; Charlie Burnham: Violin, Mandolin, Harmonica; Jonny Lam: Pedal Steel Guitar.