Jo Henley

Jo Henley

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandAmericanaRock

Jo Henley is not a person, but rather an Americana quarter out of Boston that blends old-school country and bluegrass, 70's classic rock, and modern folk-pop to create a catchy and original sound that's earned them a passionate following from Boston to California.

Biography

Jo Henley is not a person. Rather, Jo Henley is a Boston-based roots-rock band formed by longtime musical collaborators Andy Campolieto and Ben Lee, known for its exciting blend of rock, folk, country, and bluegrass that their fans affectionately refer to as “new roots.” Inspired by everything from Hank Williams to The Rolling Stones to Phish, Campolieto and Lee, along with drummer Mike Dingley and bassist Kent Stephens, combine traditional roots music with modern rock to create a sound all their own. Live, Jo Henley shows are spirited, high-energy events that showcase their carefully crafted songs and sparkling instrumental prowess.

In 2008, Jo Henley independently released their first full-length record, Sad Songs and Alcohol. A 12-track collection of tattered tales of lost love and broken dreams told against a backdrop of acoustic guitars, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, train beats, and weepy steel guitars, Sad Songs and Alcohol caught on with roots and indie music fans across the country, spending close to 6 months on the national Americana charts' (AMAs) Top 100–without any label support. Over the next year, the band toured up and down the East Coast and as far west as California, building a passionate following along the way

For their highly-anticipated followup, Inside Out, Jo Henley teamed with producer Rob Loyot (Girls, Guns & Glory), and three veteran members of the Trey Anastasio Band: drummer Russ Lawton, keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, and bassist Tony Markellis. With its heart- and road-weary story-songs that roll easily from folk to straight-ahead rock to honky-tonk to R&B at the drop of a dime, Inside Out quickly became a fan favorite

In February 2011, after spending much of the previous year on the road, building its ever-growing fanbase, Jo Henley signed with Plimro Records, and in an inspired 5-day session at Seasound Studio with producer Mark Bryant (Jake Hill, 3rd Left), the quartet recorded a new album titled Mohawk. Inspired by the birth of his first child, Mohawk is frontman Andy Campolieto’s way of describing his life and hometown of Schenectady, NY, to his son. Brimming with everything from historical narratives about events such as the Schenectady Massacre of 1690 and the building of the Erie Canal, to personal and often painful explorations of his own upbringing in the blue-collar city in Upstate New York, Mohawk is the band’s most accomplished, concise, and exciting work to date.

In the meantime, you can find Jo Henley winning over new audiences up and down the East Coast, out west, and in a town near you.

Lyrics

On My Way

Written By: Andy Campolieto

Met a man by the train
He's standing in the rain
Selling bibles for a change
Down the street another one
Just jingling his cup
So I slipped the guy a buck
And waved

Eventually all the prophets
Say the same.
What you give is all
You'll take to the grave
Keep your money
And I'll keep the life I've made
Best of luck, I'll be on my way

A friend of mine I hardly know
He built a mansion made of gold
For his wife not worth the wait
Down below where no one goes
That's where I'll make my home
I'd rather be alone
Than safe

Eventually all the prophets
Say the same.
What you give is all
You'll take to the grave
Keep your money
And I'll keep the life I've made
Best of luck, I'll be on my way

Every king needs a queen
Every princess wants a ring
And a crown to wear around
But a serf don't need a thing
But a bed to rest his head
With a belly full of wine
He'll sing

Eventually all the prophets
Say the same.
What you give is all
You'll take to the grave
Keep your money
And I'll keep the life I've made
Best of luck, I'll be on my way

Discography

* "Long Way Home" EP released October 2006.

* "Sad Songs and Alcohol" released April 2008, spent 6 months in national Americana charts' Top 100.

* "Inside Out" released February 2010, featuring Russ Lawton, Tony Markellis, and Ray Paczkowski of the Trey Anastasio Band.

* "Mohawk," released in April 2011 on Plimro Records.

Set List

Over 150 original songs, plus a rotating selection of popular covers from artists such as Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, the Grateful Dead, and others.