Henry Wagons is quite the entertainer. Wagons’ unruly sound, which has made them a very popular act in their native Australia, draws upon Henry Wagons’ gentle growl, coming off like a blend between Leon Russell (laidback cool), his fellow Aussie Nick Cave (noir hipness), with a dose of The Man in Black (‘nuff said) thrown in for good measure.
The Americana genre is presently the beneficiary of a new, young transfusion of artists from all over the world — much in the way the best blues of the mid-to-late ’60s came from overseas (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, anyone?). SPIN recently devoted a cover story to its new, young, indie rock-tinged proponents. WAGONS are at the leading edge of this renaissance, being hailed as one of the breakout Americana bands at SXSW 2011.
However, not to be pigeon-holed, their live show has also been described as a performance like none other, treading a line between a Vegas ’70s extravaganza and a bunch of fresh-faced undertakers letting loose at a rain-sodden rock festival.
Listen as Ange and Henry talk about all things delicious in this delightful romp in conversation[audio: HenryWagonsTBBInterview.mp3]
Make sure you come out and see Henry tonight at The Earl
Robert Earl Keen, One “Happy Prisoner”
Legendary Americana singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen is on tour in support of his latest release, the bluegrass compilation Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (Dualtone Records). Thirty years since his debut No Kinda Dancer, and twenty-six after taking the roots genre by storm on West Textures, Robert Earl pays tribute to his favorite music and artists with amazing interpretations of bluegrass standards. Joined by the likes of Sara Watkins, Natalie Maynes, Lyle Lovett Robert Earl is in good company on his 12th studio record.
Robert Earl talks with The Backstage Beat about cooking up the title for the album, recording outside of songwriting, advocating for fair artist compensation, his appearance on the Texas Monthly cover with Lyle Lovett, and more.
Be sure to see Robert Earl Keen in concert when he stops by Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse this Saturday, July 18. He’ll be joined by Ruston Kelly as well! Get your tickets here.
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Cost: $25 Adv/ $27.50 Day Of Show
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You Can Go Home Again: Interview with Home by Dark’s James Casto
Today, we bring you a delightful interview with James Casto, creator of songwriter concert series Home by Dark. A regular fixture at Chukkar Farms in Alpharetta, Home by Dark will embark on a new series at the Gwinnett Center for Performing Arts on June 13 to bring the best and brightest in engaging performers to music lovers in an intimate, homey setting. James communicates the Home by Dark experience so eloquently, and it’s a great comfort to know that the music world has such a series to further bridge the gap between performer and audience.
The upcoming show at Gwinnett Center features artists JP Williams and James David Carter, both of whom James sings the praises of as brilliant, captivating talents.
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When: Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m.
Where: Gwinnett Performing Arts Center
von Grey with KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
This Thursday, January 8, Atlanta’s von Grey head to Kennesaw State University for a special performance with the KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Not only will von Grey premiere new material with a symphonic arrangement, but proceeds from the event will also benefit KSU’s Proctor Scholarship.
TBB spoke with Annika von Grey about the upcoming show, the band’s Loundfund campaign, and the girls’ year ahead.
Catch this amazing concert at KSU’s Bailey Performance Center. Grab your tickets here.
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