Grammy Winner Don Henry at Pump House This Sunday

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:19 am
By: 
Dudley "Smitty" Smith

This Sunday, October 21st, Pump House Concerts presents Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter Don Henry. The concert starts at 7pm. Suggested donation is $15, with all collected going to the musician.

Grammy Award-winner Don Henry's songs have been recorded by legends like Ray Charles, Patti Page, and Conway Twitty. And by country crooners like Gene Watson, John Conlee and B.J. Thomas. And by young hit makers of today like Blake Shelton, Lonestar and Jimmy Wayne. And the list goes on.

And he’s shared the stage with perfomers as diverse as Joey Ramone and Keith Urban.

The wit and wisdom of Don's songs are widely renowned, whether it's campfire favorites, the hilarious "B.F.D." and biker lullaby "Harley," to the wonderfully poignant tribute to Martin Luther King "Beautiful Fool," and of course his Grammy Award winning country classic "Where've You Been."

In addition to the Grammy that Kathy Mattea's version of "Where've You Been" won Don (and co-writer Jon Vezner), it was awarded song of the year honors from ACM (Academy of Country Music), CMA (Country Music Association) and NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International).

"Where've You Been" was the first song in country music history to be awarded all four honors in the same year! Here's some of what the critics have said about Don:

“Hot wired songs…funny and thought provoking stuff, all of it good.”  Entertainment Weekly

“a piercingly insightful songwriter who uses irony like a scalpel.”  L.A. Reader

“Henry comes across as a first cousin to Randy Newman, writing hot-wired songs about born-again whores, interfaith marriages, and the homeless taking over the White House. This is funny and thought provoking stuff, all of it good." Entertainment Weekly

“Henry serves up right-brain whimsy on par with WHITE ALBUM era McCartney, John Sebastian, and John Prine……..Don Henry's songs are little movies that are every bit as funny and moving as something like "RAISING ARIZONA." BAM Magazine

Pump House Concerts is a neighborhood run Listening Room, located at 368 Orchard Street in East Lansing. The finest Americana roots music is presented in an intimate environment. A $15 donation is suggested ($10 students & seniors, kids free), and all donations go to the artist. For more info, contact pumphouseconcerts@gmail.com or call me (Smitty) at 517-927-2100.

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