D Henry Fenton is a singer-songwriter originally from Sydney Australia who is now based in the USA. To date he has released 3 albums.
His 13 track debut "Autumn Sweet" was recorded in North Carolina by Mitch Easter (REM/Lets Active) at The Fidelitorium in Kernersville, after getting a small one off indie record deal from a memorable live performance at SXSW in Austin TX.
"Fenton is one of the most original talents to emerge from this country"
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
"Sydney-sider shifts stateside and cuts Pop-Rock Winner"
ROLLING STONE. (3 1/2 stars)
The second album "Turnin" (released 2012) was recorded with English engineer/producer Steve Holroyd (Counting Crows/Tom Petty) at Rogers Boat which is Jorgen Carlsson's (Govt Mule Bassist) LA studio. Fenton met Carlsson and Holroyd when he first moved to Los Angeles, and they suggested he record there. The title track received some positive US college radio airplay which was a first for Fenton.
The 3rd album "Twice I Fell Down Once" (released 2017) saw a change in production style, using minimal overdubs and utilizing his Los Angeles live band called The Elizabethans with Drummer, Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam/Candle Box) and Bass Player, Mary Beth Kedzior (Kara Grainger/Jaime Wyatt).
This album was recorded by blues artist and virtuoso Harmonica player Mitch Grainger at his Hummingbird studios in Los Angeles. The title was something Fenton read that Woodie Guthrie's daughter Cathy who died at 4 years of age, said to her father one day and Fenton was quite taken with it.
"a vocal cross between Tom Petty and Roy Orbison, Fenton's tasty guitars would sit well on recordings by either Wilbury"
He has opened for acts including John Mayer, Kasey Chambers, Colbie Caillat, Lissie, Ed Kuepper, Pete Murray, The Corrs, Jeff Lang and Keith Urban. His music blends Americana, Folk, Blues and Indie-Rock, bringing to mind bands like Wilco, Neil Young, and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
Interesting facts: D Henry Fenton states he once tossed 7 coins into the air and they all landed on heads.
His favorite guitarists are Mark Knopfler, Johnny Marr, Bonnie Rait, Neil Young, John Lee Hooker, Jimi Hendrix and Mike Oldfield.
He also attended over 10 schools and was a professional dj at a night club in Brisbane, Australia when he was 15 years old.
The latest release is an EP - "Howlin' Back (4 songs by Howlin' Wolf)" (Released Nov 14th 2018) with Fenton interpreting some classic Howlin' Wolf tunes at the behest of a friend who suggested he do so as an experiment. Fenton has a keen interest in older American blues artists especially from the late 1920's to early 1950's and so he chose the Wolf as his inspiration .
"Howlin' Back" was also recorded at Rogers Boat with Fenton and drummer Kane McGee (Damien Rice/Alanis Morisette) jamming out the songs live on guitar and drums in one afternoon, and then adding some bass by Damien Steele-Scott (Todd Rungren), harmonica by Mitch Grainger and percussion by Joel Sutton (Johnnie Johnson/Mal Eastick).