Wagons are, without doubt, a foundational keystone of the modern Indie-Americana movement in both Australia and around the world. Henry and band first wielded their twang-laden battering ram at a time when embroidered button down shirts and beards were far more sparse on the ground in Australia. After almost four years spent apart spreading their wings in other musical pursuits, Henry and his original band of lanky cronies are caged animals, thirsty for more after their triumphant comeback headlining the Out on the Weekend Festival in October alongside Third Man Records recording artist Margo Price.
These February shows mark a grand double-barreled anniversary for the band. Firstly, the band will celebrate 20 years since fist hitting the grimy Arthouse stage on a fateful Tuesday night in Melbourne in 1999. Secondly, they will also mark the 10 year anniversary of their breakthrough album The Rise and Fall of Goodtown, released in 2009. Wagons are excited to play the entire action packed roller-coaster of album in full at these shows, as well as a separate set of songs, pulling favourites from the rest of their six album strong career.
Joining Wagons on the night will be the amazing talents of one of Henry's favourite unsung US songwriters Charlie Whitten. Charlie has the stature of the fiercest Viking but also a pulsing heart as large and gentle as a lonely grizzly, at odds with the violence of the forest. His songs are clear evidence that this is a man with an obvious raw power, but used for the emotional good, to celebrate and harness the fragile, shine a light on unnoticed shadows, in the most beautiful, yearning way.
Get ready for an unabashed night celebrating a unique 20 year musical career, with Wagons at full flight, driving us down that perfectly tangled musical highway once more.