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Joel Henderson

April 22 • Monastery Studio

By Brian Baker · April 13th, 2012 · Sound Advice
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Ric Hordinski’s name on any project or event is the musical version of the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. So it is with Joel Henderson’s release gig at Hordinski’s Monastery studio in Walnut Hills, a show that’s being recorded both aurally and visually for possible release as a DVD sometime down the line. (Please note: This is an all ages event, but because of the recording component, a certain amount of audience composure is respectfully requested).

Hordinski’s endorsement extends beyond simply hosting the Louisville-based singer/songwriter as he introduces his new release, Locked Doors & Pretty Fences. The Monk guitarist/respected solo artist/producer also provided some tasteful electric guitar to a pair of songs from Henderson’s third full-length album in the past two years.

It’s easy to see why Hordinski lent his considerable six-string skills to Henderson’s cause; Locked Doors & Pretty Fences is a clinic in soulful heartland Folk/Pop songwriting, from the swinging Memphis sting of “Baby I’m So Over You” and the Steve Earle-meets-Lyle Lovett lilt of “Learning to Love Loneliness” to the Ron Sexsmith acoustic balladry of “Stranger” and the Bob-or-Jakob Dylanistics of “Are We Running.” Compared favorably to the likes of James McMurtry, Ryan Adams and Amos Lee, Henderson lives up to those estimable yardsticks with beautiful melodies, thoughtfully reflective lyrics and powerfully affective arrangements.

Henderson’s Monastery show will be a full band affair with a stacked deck of talent, including renowned session bassist Byron House, Some Girls guitarist Heidi Gluck and Hordinski himself, who’s doing regional dates with Henderson on his release tour.

JOEL HENDERSON performs Sunday, April 22 at Monastery Studio in Walnut Hills. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.



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