Southside Johnny announces plans for Billie Holiday album release


The cover of Southside Johnny’s upcoming album, “Detour Ahead: The Songs of Billie Holiday.”

In conjunction with Record Store Day’s Black Friday promotion, Southside Johnny will release a vinyl-only edition of his upcoming album, Detour Ahead: The Music of Billie Holiday, on Nov. 24.

It will be a limited-edition, eight-song disc, featuring the title track as well as “Don’t Explain,” “Ain’t Nobody’s Business,” “Lover Man,” “Crazy He Calls Me,” “In My Solitude,” “Billie’s Blues” and “You Don’t Know What Love Is.” It can be ordered at

There will be two additional tracks on the CD, which will be released on a date to be announced.

The album is being released as a Southside Johnny album, not a Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes album. Jukes saxophonist John Isley produced it and plays on it, and the cast of other musicians — trumpeters Chris Anderson and Ronnie Buttacavoli, saxophonists Allen Won and Ken Hitchcock, trombonist Neal Pawley, guitarist Glenn Alexander, bassist Steve Count and drummer Shawn Pelton — includes both Jukes and non-Jukes.

“Billie Holiday is someone I’ve known since I was a baby, ’cause my parents played the records, and her voice was always very soothing to me, and I guess I got caught up in the honesty of her singing,” Southside said in an interview with, in June. “There are certain people that reach you even when you don’t understand the words, and she was one of those people for me.

The next New Jersey show by Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes will take place at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Year’s Eve. Visit

Here’s a video of Southside performing “Billie’s Blues” at the Apollo Theatre in New York, in May.

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