Art Vandalay is Minneapolis/St. Paul based singer-songwriter Brandon Henry. Whether a full band or solo, Vandalay’s own brand of laid-back folk/Americana has a vibe that is “impossibly catchy” (Duluth News-Tribune). Drawing on influences like Tom Petty, Wilco, John Prine and Neil Young, Art Vandalay's original repertoire varies from swooning heart-breakers to breezy bossa rhythms and gritty Americana songs that are “pure mellow magic” (Twin Cities Daily Planet).
In 2009, Art Vandalay released their debut EP, Dancin’ With Your Demons to critical acclaim. The seven songs on this mini-album rode a fine line between “dusty roads and hipster pads” (Duluth News-Tribune) and drew comparisons to everyone from Neil Young, The Byrds to the Lovin’ Spoonful. Featuring "I Been Down," "Way It Goes" and “If You Love Me” penned as a tribute to Rockmount pearl snap shirts, Dancin’ With Your Demons is "pure mellow magic" (Twin Cities Daily Planet).
Heaven’s Operahouse is a richer sound that sways and swaggers with the understated bravado that these Twin Cities musicians exude. Not only does the core trio lay down their rootsy groove, but adding to the magic is local guitarist Colin Monette whose reverb soaked guitars and Chris Horgan’s sea-shanty accordion brings a whole new flavor to Art Vandalay’s distinctive sound. This patchwork of musicians help Art Vandalay continue to be one of the Twin Cities’ more distinguished sounds in Americana/roots music.
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