photo by Melanie Nissen
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is
Time Is A Lion by John Henry from the 2007 album Civilians on Anti-.
Whether you’re familiar with Joe Henry or not, you may be surprised to know that this is his 10th album. Civilians, the artist’s latest and sure to be his most successful, was recorded in three days in Henry’s home studio. After releasing Tiny Voices (2003), Henry got behind the production board for the likes of Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, and Louden Wainwright III, including Wainwright’s Strange Weirdos, the soundtrack to the hit comedy Knocked Up. After all that production experience, Henry knew to leave this one alone, allowing these conversational and poignant stories of what it means to be a
real patriot to speak for themselves. Past collaborators Bill Frisell and Van Dyke Parks, to name a few, appear here as well, adding the appropriately minimalistic backing to these timeless tales. Most recently, Henry has produced the just-released Mary Gauthier album and numerous tracks for the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There. To stay current on this busy artist, check out his website, which features samples of every song on the album and an electronic press kit complete with interview. Meanwhile, here’s a live performance on Le Cargo of
Time Is A Lion: