Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones have collaborated on Foreverly a new tribute album to pop/rock pioneers The Everly Brothers arriving November 25 via Reprise Records. The new project is a song-for-song remake of the Everly Brothers' 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us and includes traditional songs and country standards.
"I thought of Norah because she can sing anything, from rock to jazz to blues," Armstrong says, "and I knew her harmonies would be amazing." As it happens, Norah is as big of a fan of the Everly Brothers as he is. The pair recorded the album at The Magic Shop on New York's Lower East Side with Armstrong and Jones sharing vocal harmonies and backed by fiddle player Charlie Burnham, bassist Tim Luntzel, drummer Dan Rieser and pedal-steel guitarist Johnny Lam.
"We sang together with Stevie Wonder and his band and a whole bunch of people, that's how Norah and I first met," Armstrong tells Stereogum. "Then, well, I got into the Everly Brothers' record a couple years ago, and I thought it was just beautiful. I was listening to it every morning for a while off and on. I thought it would be cool to remake the record because I thought it was sort of an obscure thing and more people should know about it, but I really wanted to do it with a woman singing because I thought it would take on a different meaning – maybe broaden the meaning a little bit – as compared to hearing the songs being sung by the two brothers. And so my wife said, 'Why don't you get Norah Jones to do it?' and I was like, 'Well, I kinda know her.' Well, I mean, we had Stevie Wonder in common. And so I called her and she said yes."
Billy Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones - "Long Time Gone"