This is a nice surprise to wake up to this morning. Billy Bragg and Joe Henry will be releasing an album called Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad. It will be available on September 23rd. You can ore-order the album now from the official store or iTunes to receive an instant download of the song “The Midnight Special.” You can watch Bragg & Henry play that song below in a video.
In March 2016, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago’s Union Station looking to reconnect with the culture of American railroad travel and the music it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of track over four days, the pair recorded classic railroad songs in waiting rooms and at trackside while the train paused to pick up passengers. they released a video for one track called “Midnight Special,” which is basically a session video in a train station.
If Billy Bragg can get harassed by cops and people for filming and playing music, then I don’t feel so bad when it happens to me when I’m filming.
The guys will be touring this Fall in support of the album with a stop at Ethical Culture in NYC on October 1st.
The rest of the dates:
September 21-25 Nashville, TN Americana Music Festival
September 27 Tuesday Alexandria, VABirchmere
September 28 Wednesday Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
October 1 Saturday New York, NY Ethical Culture
October 2 Sunday Boston, MA The Wilbur
October 17 Monday Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
October 18 Tuesday Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
October 21 Friday Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre
October 22 Saturday Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
October 24 Monday San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
October 25 Tuesday Los Angeles, CA The Palace
November 7 Monday LondonUnion Chapel
November 8 Tuesday LondonUnion Chapel
November 9 Wednesday CanterburyThe Marlowe Theatre
November 10 Thursday BrightonSt.George’s Church
November 12 Saturday Portsmouth New Theatre Royal
November 13 Sunday CoventryWarwick Arts Centre
November 14 Monday GuildfordG Live
November 15 Tuesday Bury St Edmunds The Apex
November 17 Thursday NottinghamNottingham Playhouse
November 18 Friday Manchester The Royal Northern College of Music
November 19 Saturday Lincoln The Engine Shed