It’s hard to overlook the hotspot of musical activity that is Melbourne, Australia these days. Between acts like Courtney Barnett, Hiatus Kaiyote and Cut Copy among many others, the city has a vibrant scene to be reckoned with. Henry Wagons may be less of a household name but he is absolutely a musician you need to know. Having shared stages around the world 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 and more, Wagons is a tried and true rock and roller, and a damn fine songwriter to boot.
Luckily for all of us, listeners and music fans around the world will get a chance to hear what Mr. Wagons is all about on February 12th when he releases his debut full length solo album. Entitled After What I Did Last Night, the album is uniquely personal, unfolding as a chronological travelogue of Henry’s life, from a wild misspent youth to road-hardened troubadour and new father. Glide Magazine is excited to premiere one of the album’s standout tracks, “Santa Fe”. The song starts slow and unassuming, with an atmospheric flourish and a sparse, desert ridden chorus that suddenly hits you with a pounding drumbeat that brings to mind the War On Drugs’ brilliant 2014 album Lost In A Dream. It is a song that goes up and down as if taking you through a journey through the mountains, and, most importantly, one that tempts you to get in the car and hit the road yourself.
Reflecting on the origins of “Santa Fe”, Henry Wagons says simply, “The road trip that never happened that turns out to be the road trip that holds you together.”
Give a listen to Glide’s exclusive premiere of Henry Wagons’ “Santa Fe”: