Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Teams Up With Norah Jones on ‘Foreverly’ Album
Billie Joe Armstrong has been expanding his artistic horizons recently. He landed a role in the movie ‘Like Sunday, Like Rain,’ and now the Green Day frontman has recorded an album with singer/songwriter Norah Jones.
‘Foreverly,’ which will be released Nov. 25, is based on the 1958 Everly Brothers album ‘Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, ‘ a collection of traditional Americana songs.
The mellow harmonies and retro songs are a departure for Armstrong. You can stream one of the songs from the album, ‘Long Time Gone,’ here.
“I’ve been a big fan of The Everly Brothers since I was a little boy,” Armstrong says. “A couple of years ago, I discovered ‘Songs Our Daddy Taught Us’ for the first time, and I fell in love with it. I was playing it every day and thought it would be a cool idea to re-do the record, but with a female singer.”
“I thought of Norah because she can sing anything, from rock to jazz to blues, and I knew her harmonies would be amazing,” Armstrong continues. “I thought the songs would take on a different meaning working with her, and she has a really good ear for arrangements. I was mainly intrigued by these old traditionals, country songs, and hymns. When we were done with the album, Norah looked at me and said, ‘I bet you didn’t think you were going to make a country record, huh?'”
Armstrong and Jones recorded the album in New York with bassist Tim Luntzel and drummer Dan Rieser. Armstrong and Jones played guitar and piano. Charlie Burnham on fiddle and Johnny Lam on pedal steel guitar rounded out the band.
“It was super fun and experimental,” Jones says. “I loved that the original was completely stripped down and a little more obscure. There was a lot of room to interpret the songs in our own way.”
In addition to star power, Armstrong and Jones have a lot of trophies on their mantles. Between Green Day and Jones, they have a combined 35 Grammy nominations and 14 wins.
Billie Joe + Norah – ‘Foreverly’ Track Listing
‘Long Time Gone’
‘That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine’
‘Down In The Willow Garden’
‘Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet’
‘Oh So Many Years’
‘Rockin’ Alone (In An Old Rockin’ Chair’
‘I’m Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail’
‘Put My Little Shoes Away’