Releases this week on Feb. 12.
By Blurt Staff
Melbourne Australia’s Henry Wagons is described as “a true renaissance man, with a unique swagger reminiscent of a day when front men gave back bucket loads of charm and were shrouded in enigmatic mystery.” Great hype, eh? Only it’s 100% true. Whether fronting his old band the Wagons (whose 2011 album Rumble, Shake and Tumble is reviewed HERE at Blurt), making a star turn of an appearance at last year’s AmericanaFest gathering in Nashville (our own Lee Zimmerman caught his performance and was knocked out), or even authoring one of our more memorable “The Most Fucked Up Thing I’ve Ever Seen” artist essays a couple of years ago, he’s always been a gentleman of artistic wealth and taste.
So please, let me introduce you to Wagons’ newest project, his first ever full length solo album entitled After What I Did Last Night… and a key track from it that we are stoked to unveil for ya, “Head or Heart”:
Described by Wagons as “Grappling for truth, somewhere between your mind and your pants,” the song’s a keeper—as is the album, which was cut in Nashville with producer Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose, Andrew Combs). On it, the artist draws upon a broad-ranging array of influences, from jumpsuit-era Elvis and the somber drunken malaise of Lee Hazelwood, to recently heart-broken Roy Orbison and the menace of Nick Cave.
According to Wagons, his record “harnesses the rebelliousness of the defiant twang which oozes from the American South but also generates a new kind of sonic beast which brings in the outsider spirit.” Bottom line: it’s a uniquely personal album, unfolding as a chronological travelogue of Wagons’ life, from a wild misspent youth to road-hardened troubadour and new father.
On the web: iTunes pre-order
Official website (vinyl/CD)