Henry Wagons Named As One Of The Boot’s Artists To Watch In 2016

9 February 2016 | 6:12 pm | Staff Writer

Melburnian muso gets a big nod from country music’s premier tastemakers.

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It’s already been a momentous start to the year for stalwart six-string-slinger Henry Wagons, and now he can count yet another feather in his hat after being tipped by renowned US country-music outlet The Boot as one to keep an eye on in 2016.

Days out from the release of his new album, After What I Did Last Night — and freshly on the heels of unveiling the location-shot clip for tremendous new jam Santa Fe — Wagons has caught the attention of the boffins at The Boot, who credit his “booming baritone and twisted stories” as among the reasons the Melburnian musician lands a spot on their list of 15 Americana, Alt-Country & Folk Artists To Watch this year.

The mag’s loving attention — “We’re ready to receive him here in America with open arms,” they gush — comes at a fortuitous time for senor Wagons, who has a few horizon-broadening opportunities on the horizon in the United States, including a spot at Kansas City, Missouri’s Folk Alliance event later this month before returning stateside for an international tour from June through August.

Before he heads to Kansas and a new degree of notoriety abroad, however, Wagons will be busting out his talents and tricks at this month’s Meatstock festival at the Sydney Showgrounds on 13-14 February. It’s a match made in heaven, too, with Wagons recently telling The Music’s Brynn Davies that he’s no stranger to the deliciousness of good, old-fashioned barbecue (so, really, he’s even better-placed ahead of his trip to the US than it seems).

“The scent of barbecue 360 [degrees] is going to send me into a daze, and I’ll be in a constant zombie-like state of food coma,” he said.

If you’d like to join him, check theGuide or The Music App for more information about Meatstock.

After What I Did Last Night is released this Friday, 12 February.

If you’re in Melbourne, he’ll be playing at Basement Discs the same evening, so be sure to head along and lend your support before we lose him to the US of A completely for a few months.