- AUSCAN Music Spotlight
Sunday: 6:30pm – 8:45pm
HENRY WAGONS, named one of Melbourne’s Top 100 Most Influential People in 2009, is unanimously lauded as one of Australia’s great performers and entertainers. Along with his rare charisma he offers heavy doses of stomping outlaw country, irresistible crooning and classic songwriting. Henry has released five albums and made his North American debut with the 2011 release of Rumble, Shake and Tumble on Thirty Tigers and Six Shooter Records resulting in National Public Radio getting on board with “I Blew It” featured as ‘Track of the Day’.
In both the live forum and on record, Henry draws upon an uncommon range of influences given the current musical climate, including jump suit era Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, the grit between the floorboards at the Ole’ Opry, the spit in 70’s trumpet sections and Cormac MacCarthy’s psychedelic Westerns. His live show is a performance like no other, treading a line between a Vegas 70s showroom extravaganza and a bunch of fresh-faced undertakers letting loose at a rained sodden rock festival.
Having spent the last few years touring with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Justin Townes Earle, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zero’s, Calexico, Bill Callahan, Will Oldham, Okkervil River, John Hiatt, Jolie Holland and just recently completing a 16 date USA tour including SXSW and Americana showcases, it is safe to say that Wagons is a road-hardened formidable live act.