Katie Henry's CD Release Party To Take The 'High Road' at Stanhope House Nov. 21

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." 

Jody Price: Grandson of Vincent Price

Twenty years after his death, Vincent Price still commands the attention of generations of horror movie fans, with one in particular: Vincent's grandson, Jody.

Vincent, a Yale graduate, began by playing the straight man, the lead, but “he fell into horror movies,” said New Jersey resident Jody Price of his grandfather. “He loved camp.”

Born in St. Louis in 1911, Vincent’s first on-screen appearance was 75 years ago as the romantic lead in1938’s “Service de Luxe,” a role far from the face of classic horror he would soon become. It was three years later that his first plunge into sci-fi and horror hit the screens, a movie called “The Invisible Man Returns.”

This led to roles in dozens of iconic movies, from the original versions of “The Fly” (60th anniversary marked this year) and “House of Wax” (55th anniversary), as well as a series of Edgar Allen Poe film adaptations.

For children of the ‘80s, he can be recognized opposite Johnny Depp as the inventor in “Edward Scissorhands” and as the speaker in Michael Jackson’s highly acclaimed “Thriller.”

But Jody’s favorites have always been “The House on Haunted Hill,” which terrified his brother for a full month as kids, and “The Conquerer Worm,” in which his grandfather is hacked to bits with an axe.

“For someone who was not an A-list star, his impact was amazing,” he said.

His name is even tied now to a Facebook fan page, where generation and nation-crossing fans share their favorite Vincent Price moments.

But Vincent Price not only enjoyed playing the horror roles that made him famous, Jody said, but his guest appearances on kids’ TV, from animated guest spots on “Scooby Doo” to the recurring role of Egghead on the ‘60s Batman series. He also had a short but hilarious bit on “The Muppet Show” in which Kermit turns into a vampire.

Jody is a computer programmer and locally-renowned acoustic guitarist who had his own piece of national fame in a 1999 Simpsons episode after that year's Super Bowl in which the ghost of Vincent Price tells Marge Simpson that his grandson, Jody, will deliver the missing piece of a celebrity craft kit. As a musical performer, Jody frequently entertains crowds at restaurants and special events.

But Jody’s fondest memories of his grandfather are not film-related.

He remembers his grandfather as the opposite of the often-evil characters he played, as a life- and art-loving man who had an affinity for storytelling and cooking. When out to dinner with his family, Vincent Price would ask autograph seekers to please wait until after they had eaten. When Jody graduated from Newark Academy in 1980, it was Vincent Price who was the keynote speaker.

Always a champion for education and the arts, it is his personal fine art pieces that are on permanent display at East Los Angeles College’s Vincent Price Art Museum.

Jody enjoys talking with Vincent Price and horror movie fans, reminiscing about films and personal memories alike. He is available to speak at colleges, symposiums, celebrations, or any horror-related event.