Published Oct 23, 2013Here's a collaboration we definitely didn't see coming. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and jazz-pop singer Norah Jones have teamed up to record a duets album, and in the style of Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie "Prince" Billy before them, it's a tribute to the Everly Brothers' 1958 LP Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Titled Foreverly, it's due out on November 25 through Reprise Records.
Speaking with Stereogum, Armstrong and Jones revealed that they recorded the album in two short sessions, adding up to nine days in total. They were joined by experienced session players Tim Luntzel (bass) and Dan Rieser (drums).
Joe explained that he came up with the idea for the covers record after falling in love with Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, a collection of classic country covers, many of them traditional, a couple of years ago. He wanted to recreate the Everly Brothers' harmonies with a woman, and his wife suggested Norah Jones, who Armstrong had met in 2005 when singing with Stevie Wonder at the Grammy Awards.
Jones said of Foreverly, "These songs are pretty straightforward and it's a lot of the same tempos but, you know, we're doing our own thing. We're not the Everly Brothers. We wanted to play around with the arrangements a little and that was really fun."
For a taste of what this sounds like, stream the album cut "Long Time Gone" below. Dookie this most certainly isn't.