Artist: Weldon Henson
Album: Honky Tonk Frontier
Label: Hillbilly Renegade Records
Release Date: 03/18/2015
As Weldon Henson goes to show, anyone who has spent years performing in Texas dance halls knows a thing or two about country. Since 2009, the country singer/songwriter has played a weekly gig at the Broken Spoke called “Two-Stepping Tuesdays,” a night he considers to be Austin’s own version of Dancing with the Stars. He also frequently performs for crowds at Jenny’s Little Longhorn Saloon, Luckenbach and Coupland dancehalls. His new album, Honky Tonk Frontier, offers ten of his original songs. Danceable songs like “I Need Wine” and “Just Believe,” effortlessly turn unique phrases for dancers with foot-tapping beats. Henson adds his edge to “Hey Bottle of Whiskey,” previously recorded by Don Singleton.
Henson joined the U.S. Air Force when he was 19 and taught himself to play guitar. Later, he earned his musical stripes as an enlisted soldier performing at private parties and officer’s clubs stationed in Utah, South Korea, and finally Abilene. A hybrid of Dwight Yoakam and George Strait, Henson produced his fourth full-length album together with Tommy Detamore and Ricky Davis. His wife, Brooklyn Henson, also adds background vocals as slick as a honky tonk dance floor.
– Donna Marie Miller