Interview: A modest proposal: Joe Henry’s letter-writing campaign results in Mose Allison’s first record in 12 years

All About Jazz — Joe Henry’s strategy for coaxing Mose Allison back to the studio for the first time in twelve years was simple enough: All he had to do was quietly and thoughtfully stalk the jazz icon for a year.

“He kept at it, and kept calling me and emailing and so forth,” the 82-year-old Allison said of the courting process by Henry, who received two Grammy nominations this month for his production on Allen Toussaint’s The Bright Mississippi and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott’s A Stranger Here. “And so I finally decided, ‘Well, what the hell, I haven’t done a record in a long time.'”

That record is The Way of the World, due out in March on Anti, home of Tom Waits, Neko Case, the Swell Season and Henry himself. Read the full interview via the good people at All About Jazz.

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About Jeff Vrabel

My writing has appeared in GQ, Men’s Health, Success, the Washington Post, the official BruceSpringsteen.net, Indianapolis Monthly, Billboard, Modern Bride and more. View all posts by Jeff Vrabel

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