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Joe Henry, Sam Phillips showcase smart songwriting at Largo
Joe Henry, Sam Phillips showcase smart songwriting at Largo

Singer and songwriter Joe Henry referenced a coincidence Saturday during the show he shared at Largo at the Coronet with another L.A.-based musician and artist, Sam Phillips. The show shared the same day as the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, and the birthday of singer Nina Simone. Henry said that both had profound impact on his life and his perspective as an artist, the correlation being that in the wake of Malcolm X’s violent death, Simone’s music “taught us how to answer violence with beauty.” There’s an undercurrent of tragedy in much of Henry’s music that occasionally bursts to the surface in his literate and emotionally...

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