LOVING HOMAGE TO GREAT SONGWRITING DUO
INCLUDES LARRY CAMPBELL AND DAVID GRISMAN
NYC singer-songwriter Emory Joseph pays tribute to the Grateful Dead songwriting team of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter with his upcoming release, Fennario - Songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter (arriving August 19 on Iris Records). For Fennario, Joseph carefully selected and recorded material that had never been released on studio albums and re-interpreted some of the best-loved Garcia/Hunter material. The wide range of music on Fennario draws from the same American palette that inspired Garcia and Hunter, from the sweet country of "It Must Have Been the Roses" to the Memphis rock & roll of "Tennessee Jed" to the Muscle Shoals soul of "Sugaree."
To produce the album, Joseph enlisted the core group of top-shelf multi-instrumentalists he'd used on his critically acclaimed debut album, Labor & Spirits: Tom "T-Bone" Wolk (Hall and Oates, SNL Band), Duke Levine and Jon Carroll (Mary Chapin Carpenter) and vocalist Soozie Tyrell (The E-Street Band). The album's other principles are Larry Campbell (Phil Lesh & Friends), and drummer Dennis McDermott (Marc Cohn). Fennarios twelve tracks were recorded in five 'round-the-clock days at New York's legendary Legacy Recording Studios. There are two guest performances, bassist Lincoln Schleiffer (on "Mission in the Rain") and longtime Garcia associate, mandolinist David Grisman (on "Brown-Eyed Women").
"I produced Fennario to be something that Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike could love." says Joseph. "I absolutely wanted it to be a respectful tribute to a beautiful working partnership, and something that could maybe help to explain to the world why so many kids spent so many years of their youth following these songs around the country and back. Fennario is a long overdue letter to Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter for having written songs that have inspired, amazed, and informed me since I was twelve."