Role Models: The Milk Carton Kids On Joe Henry

“I live to be deceived, and would far rather be seduced than have anything explained.” With maddening grandeur, Joe Henry has built a world of written material that deceives and seduces us without mercy. It’s a world constructed over two and half decades (so far). So we’ve come into it mid-creation and found that, much like our own physical world, Joe’s is still evolving pursuant to a healthy confluence of chaos, most of which he himself encourages, and the process of selecting from that disorder the most desirable mutations. He leaves the studio windows open when he records just to hear the chickens and the dogs. He believes the quality of the scotch and the wine is as important to a recording session as the instruments used. And he clearly believes that a well-written song is one of the only ways to escape our time-bound earthly existence and gain even a transient insight into the eternal. Joe is the curator of his own delightful madness, and he appears to be writing his world into being with the specific purpose of delivering himself (and us all, perhaps) from this one. Joe’s writing walks the thin line – or rather, jumps gracefully…

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