Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jesse Harris is best known for writing Norah Jones’s 2002 breakout hit “Don’t Know Why,” and winning the Grammy for it. But the Delaware native’s catalog of nuanced folk-pop actually begins in the mid-90’s as one-half of the duo Once Blue (with Rebecca Martin) and continues all the way through to his latest, Sub Rosa, out today. His songs have also been recorded by Cat Power, Willie Nelson and others along the way.
Harris’s 11th release emerged from trips to Rio de Janeiro throughout most of last year. The resulting collection—which features guest appearances by Brazilian singers Maria Gadú and Vinicius Cantuária –finds Brazilian grooves and a laidback sensibility permeating through many of its tracks. Past collaborators like Jones, noted jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst also make cameos on Sub Rosa. Oberst provides backing vocals and guitar work on the upbeat “I Won’t Wait,” which is available for download above.
Jesse Harris celebrates the release of Sub Rosa at Rockwood Music Hall on Tuesday night.
Watch Harris’s music video for the bossa nova-tinged “All Your Days” below.