Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur has always walked the line between major label success and a willfully chaotic, if not quixotic, dedication to creating music on his own terms.

Discovered and signed to Real World Records by Peter Gabriel, he’s come to be known as an artist’s artist — a whirlwind of songs, paintings and poetry, touring the world, and running his own label — Lonely Astronaut Records — out of Brooklyn.

Recently, he chose to debut the songs from his new album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ, at a little known venue up in the mountainous neighborhood of Ringwood, NJ — an under-the-radar house concert series called Live@Drew’s. State of the Arts got special access to this intimate performance, and got a chance to sit down and talk with Joseph Arthur and Drew Eckmann, who’s been hosting concerts at his home since 1997.

See Joseph Arthur’s encore performance of “Honey & The Moon” here.

Produced by Christopher Benincasa.