In March 2016 Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago’s Union Station looking to reconnect with the culture of American railroad travel and the music it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of track over four days, the pair recorded classic railroad songs in waiting rooms and at trackside while the train paused to pick up passengers.
Their album is due in September. You can watch them make Midnight Special HERE. There’s also an interactive map with a bit about the song they perform at each stop. Can’t say I normally get excited about either man, but this looks like a beautiful, warm, one-of-a-kind piece of work. UK and US tours will follow this fall/winter.