Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Foreverly

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Foreverly

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Billie Joe + Norah

Foreverty

Reprise

Unlikely tribute to Everlys is surprisingly perfect

On the surface, it's an odd pairing: Billie Joe Armstrong, the snarling front-man for longtime East Bay pop-punk band Green Day, does a set of acoustic covers of old country songs with Norah Jones, the torch-and country-singing daughter of Indian classical composer Ravi Shankar Add to that the inspiration for the collaboration (a tribute to the Everiy Brothers before Phil Everlys recent death) and the unlikely choice of material (an album of obscure covers the Everlys themselves did as a tribute back in 1958), and you have one of the stranger pop-music projects in recent memory.

And yet, Billie Joe and Norah come off on Foreverty about as gracefully and naturally as Gram and Emmylou. The moment their voices lock together on the opening track "Roving Gambler," they don't let go. …

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