John Doe Biography
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Finally, singer-songwriter John Doe has made his long-awaited acoustic album. "Dim Stars, Bright Sky." Available now, guest vocalists on the album include Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers), Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go's), Juliana Hatfield, and Rhet Miller (Old 97's).
"Every time I would release a solo record," says Doe (one of the most influential figures in American alternative rock as leader of seminal L.A. punk band X), "people would ask, 'Is it acoustic?' I would look at the ground, look back at them and reply, 'No...it's a rock record with some quieter moments.' Well, this time I can just say 'Yes.'"
An intimate, even romantic album, "Dim Stars, Bright Sky" leans toward the singer-songwriter genre more than the alt-rock or alt-country Doe has usually been labeled over his previous four albums. "The misconception about my solo work is that it's alt-country. I suppose this album is the closest to that incorrect idea, but for me it's more Elliott Smith than Gram Parsons."
Featuring piano, pedal steel, acoustic guitar, string bass, mandolin, organ and drums, highlights among the 10 selections include "This Far" (with Mann), "Magic" (with Dylan), "7 Holes" (referring to the number of holes in one's head), and "Faraway (From the North Country)." The theme? "Relationships, as always," he says, "how they stay together and fall apart."
Playing on "Dim Stars, Bright Sky" (produced by Doe, Joe Henry, and Dave Way) are guitarist Smokey Hormel (Beck, k.d. lang), keyboardist Jamie Muhoberac (Eric Clapton, Alanis Morissette), pedal steel player Ben Peeler (The Mavericks), bassists Dave Carpenter (Will Downing) and Dave Pilch (Joe Henry, Jane Silberry), and drummers Abe Laboriel Jr. (Paul McCartney, Vanessa Carlton) and Joey Waronker (Beck, Elliott Smith). Hormel and Waronker were also members of The John Doe Thing, whose 2000-released "Freedom Is..." was Doe's most recent album.
Doe will perform selected dates to support "Dim Stars, Bright Sky" along with upcoming concerts with The Knitters and X. An actor as well, Doe will also be seen this August in the major motion picture "The Good Girl" starring Jennifer Aniston.