For every song Joseph Arthur has released in a critically acclaimed, Grammy-
nominated career that has spanned nine full-length albums and 11 EPs, he's
probably kept three others in the vault for safekeeping. Indeed, Arthur has
been known to start working on a new album -- or two -- while simultaneously
trying to finish another.
It was amid this abundance of riches that the Brooklyn-by way of Ohio-native
began molding a collection of music under a single narrative thread: The Ballad
of Boogie Christ, described by Arthur as "a fictionalized character loosely based
on my own journey."
At first, it was a song here or there, or a set of lyrics with no accompanying
music. Then, those songs would get recorded and set aside. They'd get re-
recorded and revised. They'd start to make sense in relation to their brothers
and sisters, and then they wouldn't. And pretty soon, more than half-a-decade
had flown by and Boogie Christ was no closer to coherency.
"For some reason, I've been avoiding finishing this record for a long time,"
Arthur says with a laugh. "It's been an albatross around my neck. I don't know
why, but it has."
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