Henry Wagons Announces Two New Zealand Shows For SeptemberTuesday 26th July, 2016 9:30AM
Australian alt-country musician Henry Wagons has announced two shows on New Zealand soil for September. The Melbourne native, who has fronted the band Wagons since 1999, is coming this way off-the-back of releasing his debut solo album After What I Did Last Night, which was recorded in the home of country music, Nashville, and came out back in February via ABC Music. Here are the details for his upcoming shows...
Friday 16th September, Tuning Fork, Auckland
Saturday 17th September, Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Tickets to the Christchurch show available HERE at UTR
Here's Henry performing 'Cold Burger, Cold Fries' live at the Rolling Stone Australia office...
Hot on the heels of his newly released, critically acclaimed solo album, After What I Did Last Night.., Australian renaissance man Henry Wagons will play Christchurch for the very time at Blue Smoke.
Henry will be landing in NZ fresh from a month long tour of North America, loaded with an arsenal of new stories and songs. With his unique swagger reminiscent of a day when front men gave back bucket loads of charm and were shrouded in enigmatic mystery, Henry is unanimously lauded as one of Australia’s great entertainers.
Drawing on a broad range of influences, Henry’s show is a high sensation roller coaster ride that ranges from the bluster of sweaty jumpsuit era Elvis, to the somber, drunken malaise of Lee Hazelwood. He can touch on the tenderness of a recently heart-broken Roy Orbison while simultaneously embracing the menace of Nick Cave.
As tends to be Henry’s way, he always has a huge amount on the boil. After many years fronting the floor-fracturing outlaw band Wagons, last seen here as part of the 2015 Southern Fork Americana Fest, Henry has recently recorded his first full length solo album in Nashville which was released in April this year.
After What I Did Last Night was recorded under the watchful gaze of ‘new Nashville’ lynchpin producer Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose, Andrew Combs) who has helped bring a unique musicality and depth. Prior to this, Henry released a mini album Expecting Company (including a duet with The Kills/Dead Weather’s Alison Mosshart, “Unwelcome Company”, which was a frequently played track on 95bFM and appeared on several occasion in their Top 10), as well as a live all-analogue 45rpm 12” vinyl as part of the prestigious Upstairs at United series, recorded above the famous United Records pressing plant in Tennessee.
The past few years have seen Henry share stages around the world with Lucinda Williams, Justin Townes Earle, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Calexico, Bill Callahan, Will Oldham, Okkervil River, John Hiatt plus more along with SXSW, Bonnaroo, Canadian Music Week and Americana showcases.
On top of all of this, Henry hosts Australia's biggest national Americana/roots music radio show 'Tower of Song', already a weekly institution, on national broadcaster Double J. Henry also keeps his insanely busy schedule packed as a television presenter, having worked on Australia's culture and arts show on ABC's 'Art Nation' for three years while also hosting interview series 'Rogue Tales' for James Squire and TV series 'Keepers of the Flame’.
With all this relentless and broad-ranging activity, it’s little surprise Henry Wagons was nominated by The Age as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Melbourne.
Tickets to the Auckland show available through ticketmaster.co.nz
Sat 17th Sep, Blue Smoke, Christchurch