Inside Rodney Crowell’s “Adventures In Song” Camp: A Chat with Joe Henry

Asked to name the highlights of the camp, several attendees used the same two words: “Joe” and “Henry.”

[caption id="attachment_218543" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Joe Henry talks with campers at Rodney Crowell's "Adventures In Song" retreat. Pacific Grove, California. July 2018. Photo by Hannah Diane[/caption] As his fans already know well, in addition to being a brilliant singer-songwriter as well as one of the most inspired producers around, Joe Henry has a way with words. A wonderful way. Asked to name the highlights of Rodney Crowell's "Adventures In Song" camp, several attendees used the same two words: “Joe” and “Henry.”  As many said, not only is he quite wise about songwriting and all it entails, he expresses it so beautifully. And in this era when even many prominent leaders rarely complete a full sentence, the kind of old-world eloquence Joe brings to everything he touches is stunning, and a welcome relief to those who love their language unbutchered. A Grammy-winner times three, he was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1960 and raised in Michigan. In high school he starred in a play with Madonna, and eventually married her sister, Melanie Ciccone, who came to camp with Joe. This year marks their 30th anniversary. He’s released 13 studio albums of his own multi-dimensional songs, including Talk of Heaven, his 1986…

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