John Henry is a rock-and-roll lifer. As a mainstay of the St. Louis music scene, Henry is the former talent booker for Off-Broadway, one of St. Louis’s top music venues, and he founded and manages the annual Open Highway Music Festival, which recently celebrated its 10th year as one of the city’s marquee live-music events. Music fans in the Midwest know him best as the hard-touring, guitar-slinging singer-songwriter, first as the frontman for John Henry and the Engine and now leading his stellar new band of St. Louis all-stars. All along, John has toured or shared the stage with Jason Isbell, Dwight Yoakam, Nathaniel Rateliff, and countless others, earning critical raves for his songwriting, record-making, and galvanizing live performances.
John Henry has a voice like St. Louis itself–tough, stormy, and spirited. As a result, Henry is one of St. Louis’s best-loved troubadours, whose heartland rock smolders and smokes with small-town dramas shot in cinematic widescreen. -With his evocative storytelling, melodic craftsmanship, and sandstorm vocals, Henry has consistently captivated his spirited fanbase with his rousing live shows, full of musical vignettes and emotional travelogues, prompting his audiences to open up their hearts and tonsils to sing along to Henry’s songs.
Glide is proud to premiere the official video for “Morning Birds,” a powerful song full of a righteous aching soul from a singer-songwriter voice that is reminiscent of Joseph Arthur and Josh Ritter. This black and white video delivers an intimate portrait of what John Henry offers his local St Louis scene, as his illuminating brand of folk-soul makes its way across the states.
Photo by Tim Gebauer