How Do You Sing Blind Willie Johnson? - The New Yorker
In February, 2015, Kenneth and Carl Papenfus, brothers from Northern Ireland, visited a house in Dublin. The musicians were in town to record a track with their friend Sinéad O’Connor. Because O’Connor smokes, but doesn’t do so in the house, she’d taken refuge in a cabin in her back yard, not far from some train tracks...
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It's no secret that Ken and Carl Papenfus took time out of their day job, as the brothers that make up the rock/soul band RELISH, to tour the world over as part of Sinead O'Connor's band (guitar and drums respectively) over much of 2014 and 2015. But they were pleasantly suprised when O'Connor asked the brothers to produce and perform a version of "Trouble Soon Be Over" for the tribute album to blues legend Blind Willie Johnson featuring efforts by Tom Waits and Blind Boys of Alabama to name a few. The New Yorker took time out to interview O'Connor on the collaboration (full story above) where she spoke about some of the process involved. The album "God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson" was released globally on Feb 26th by Alligator Records