Katie Henry is taking the high road to Stanhope.
The native of Sussex County and a fast rising blues rocker, Henry will debut her new CD, "High Road", at the historic Stanhope House on Wed. Nov. 21.
Henry will also be joined on stage for this special Thanksgiving Eve show by John Ginty on the B-3 organ, Antar Goodwin on bass, Jonathan Fritz on guitar and Dan Fadel on drums. Henry sings and plays lead guitar.
"I really can't wait!" said Henry. "It's going to be an awesome night. People can expect to hear all 10 tracks off the album with my dream band playing behind me."
The songs on the CD are blues-based but also contain elements of pop, rock, and gospel, allowing for an almost eclectic variety of sounds.
Henry identifies three songs in particular that she would consider "features" - the title track "High Road", "Chapels", and "Takes A Lot".
"The lyrics for High Road mean a lot to me and I feel that it will be easy for people to relate and connect with them," she said. "Plus, Billy Harvey's harmonies (he guests on the CD) that he sings throughout the song are just incredible! The song Chapels features Marcus Randolph on the pedal steel slide guitar, and his playing brings the song to a whole other level, especially when it is coupled with John Ginty's organ playing. I also consider Takes A Lot a feature because the recording captures the essence and fun of the live show. It takes listeners on a journey and speaks to how it 'takes a lot' to go after what you want, which relates to my experience creating this album. My favorite line from the song is 'If this were easy, it wouldn't be so fun.'"
Henry, who graduated from Pope John High School and later Manhattan College, composes her songs on both piano and guitar. Goodwin, meanwhile, co-wrote many of the songs on the CD with Henry. Ginty produced the album. Even before the CD was completed, though, her songs were getting plenty of attention at festivals in the area, including Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest and the Black Potatoe Festival.
In addition to the originals on the CD, you can expect to hear some of Henry's favorite classic blues covers and from artists "who have influenced me over the years."
The Trevor B. Power Band is the feature band before Katie Henry. Opening up the show will be Adam Najemian, followed by a set by Todd Young and the Stinking Gringos.
Doors open at 6, with music starting at 7:30. Katie Henry is expected to take the stage at 10:30.
Advanced tickets are $12, or $15 at the door. Go to www.stanhopehousenj.com for tickets and other information.
Katie Henry also will perform in Garwood on Sunday, Dec. 9, when four female-led acts play the new show “Women Rock New Jersey.” Also on the bill at Crossroads, located just off Exit 137 of the Garden State Parkway, are: Nalani & Sarina, Eryn and Lisa Bouchelle. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, day of show: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1779985-women-rock-new-jersey-garwood/
Aspiring female musicians are invited to a free, pre-show event at 5:15 p.m. on navigating the music industry, and the show’s performers will participate in a panel discussion on that topic. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by parent/guardian and a ticket is required to stay for show (6 p.m.).
"What better way to support female musicians than by opening up a conversation about it," said Henry. "So glad that I'll be able to offer my thoughts on a topic that means a lot to me."