The Music of Paul Simon at Carnegie Hall

Dear Friends,Come March 31st, you will find me in midtown Manhattan — at Carnegie Hall, no less — performing at a charity concert in tribute to the heroic songwriter Paul Simon.The cavalcade of unlikely stars to whose ranks I will be joined include Judy Collins, Bob Mould, Josh Ritter, Madeleine Peyroux, Dan Wilson (among others still being confirmed) — as well as old friends and collaborators Bettye Lavette, and Allen Toussaint.Sure, you’re surprised, and so am I. Though it will not be my first time to sing from that hallowed stage, it is no less a most rare opportunity for someone of my station: to stand upon the planks that have felt the heft and sway of everyone from Louis Armstrong and Lead Belly to Edith Piaf and Enrico Caruso; Duke Ellington and Judy Garland to Johnny Cash, Harry Belafonte, and Toscanini.

Come if you can; but if unable, keep a good thought for me nonetheless. It’s a mighty tall ladder from which I shall strive to paint a momentary masterpiece; and I am already wobbling in contemplation.

Love to all,
Joe Henry