When: September 20 5:30 - 8:30
Location: New Mexico Governors' Mansion
D Henry Fenton a singer-songwriter from Australia who was born to Ralph and Joan Fenton. Henry’s father was at one time a band promoter, arranging shows for Bo Didley and countless local, original, and cover bands. He later urged Henry to avoid the unreliable industry altogether. Ignoring this fatherly advice politely, Fenton surged on, finally getting his break opening for the prominent Irish band, the Corrs. He went on to sign with Warner Brothers/Village Roadshow for a two-single deal. One of the singles dented the top 100. He then released his first solo album, Autumn Sweet, recorded by early REM producer, Mitch Easter. The Sydney Morning Herald called it “a strange and magical album” and was given “pop rock winner” status in Rolling Stone. He went on to open for acclaimed acts including John Mayer and Colbie Caillat. Fenton’s music blends Celtic, folk, pop, and rock, bringing to mind elites like Van Mo rrison, the Smiths, Neil Young, the Beatles, and Crowded House. D Henry Fenton has just wrapped up his latest album called Turnin’ with engineer/producer, Steve Holroyd (Counting Crows/Tom Petty). He attributes the fuel for Turnin’ to a disillusioned marriage coupled with the struggles of living in Los Angeles. There is something cleansing that happens at the end of a relationship, and Turnin’ leads the listener on a journey back to the self. These tracks are the stuff of life, and Fenton capitalizes on this compelling interplay. The songs on Turnin’ travel from traditional, acoustic guitar-folk to indie-rock with a hint of alternative country. Henry was lucky to have some wonderful musicians play on Turnin’: Jeff Young (Jackson Browne/Steely Dan) on piano and hammond, Stuart Mathis (Wallflowers/Lucinda Williams) on guitar, Damien Steele, Scott (Todd Rundgren) on bass, Luke Herbert (Spooner Oldham/ GillianWelch) on drums, and lastly Fenton on hi s guitar played the lion’s share of this recording. The live band, D Henry Fenton and the Elizabethans, performs regularly in Southern California, with the current lineup comprised of Kelsey Collins (backing vocals/percussion), Mary Beth Kedzior (bass), Dave Krusen (drums), and D Henry Fenton (vocals/guitar). Dave Krusen, who played on Pearl Jam’s Ten, joined the group most recently. Kelsey Collins, with her beautifully soaring harmonies, has added angelic character to the live sound When pinned down, Fenton has no qualms about sharing his enthusiasm for playing to crowds of 10,000 or more, having opened for big international touring bands in Australia. “I’d love the opportunity to do it again under my own steam; it’s an amazing feeling! Though playing live anywhere really is an amazing experience no matter what size audience.” When questioned, he says, “music is all about connecting with the listener, and I feel that this album will find its way into people’s lives.” In early 2012, D Henry Fenton signed to an independent US label, Flight Without Wings. Henry’s detours into different genres and styles have created staying power that outlives the latest cultural fads and fashions; this is what generated, label founder, Dean Phelps’ interest at first. Fenton has crossover appeal that engages the heart and the intellect. Turnin’ will be available through Flight Without Wings, I-Tunes, and most music download services very soon.