Norah Jones just released a new album with her country music band, the Little Willies (listen here). I suspected the love that dare not speak its name from her country-inflected second album, Feels Like Home.
In the late-night hours, the smoky-voiced jazz singer and her friends would go out to one of [New York's] intimate music clubs and – in front of an audience no less – get on stage with her friends to belt out … country tunes… Her band – known as the Little Willies – has released its first [self-titled] album, filled with rollicking covers of songs by the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams Jr., plus a few penned by the Little Willies’ own members…
The band realized they were doing more than just fooling around when they decided to do an extended gig at the Living Room, the small music space and bar that would become their base when they performed in New York… Alexander and Jones, who are also a couple, were building a home studio and wanted to record something to test it out… The whole album was recorded in less than two days and released on their imprint label, Milking B. [Link]
Home for Jones means Texas and country:
For Jones, a Texas native with a longtime love for jazz, playing with the band helped her realize her own roots, back to the days when her grandmother would play the old-time country songs. [Link]
But one could also imagine an alternate universe where home meant releasing an album of rockin’ Bengali folk music
Since nobody’s said it yet, I’ll give the obvious answer to Jones’ signature plaint:
Q: ‘I feel as empty as a drum / Don’t know why I didn’t come’
A: Little Willies
Indeed, Jones is no prude.