Brandon Henry is a St. Paul-based songwriter who leads the Americana band Art Vandalay (and occasionally performs solo under the name). Art Vandalay blends the vintage sounds of The Band with the easy-going vibe of J.J. Cale, creating laid-back Americana music with songs that are “impossibly catchy” (Duluth News Tribune).
Art Vandalay's latest album, Champagne & Chandeliers has been hailed as a “sonic feast” (The Norman Transcript). Capturing their retro-rock sound, the album is the perfect companion to a late-night drive and taking the long way home. The songs explore the choices made at every crossroads and how life speeds up and slows down--from the slow groove of “Traffic” to the rocking closer “If You Love Me.”
Lauded for his timeless songwriting, Brandon Henry shines on songs like “Eye of the Beholder” and the instant classic “Never See You Again” (co-written by Henry and Minneapolis songwriter Jaspar Lepak). These, along with all the other tracks on the album, have been a staple of Art Vandalay’s live shows, including their swampy cover of “Angel and Delilah” -- written by folk singer Eliza Gilkyson.
With loose energy, smart lyrics, infectious grooves, and a vibey Americana spirit, Art Vandalay has become a fixture of the midwest Americana scene.