Bangalow resident Matt Henry has become increasingly well known to country music aficionados – for one thing, it is largely through his efforts that alt country has gained increasing attention at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, due to his Late Night Alt shows at the Tudor Hotel. So Henry has established himself as a great promoter of other people’s music, and a supporter of country music in general. How wonderful, then, that he’s also a remarkable singer-songwriter in his own right.
Henry’s debut EP, Life by Proxy, is a collection of heartfelt songs with great melodies and thoughtful lyrics that position Henry within the broader country music genre, but it’s his willingness to play with structure and style that sees him fit more strongly into alt country. The five songs on this EP capture a range of moods that are all served well by Henry’s mellifluous singing voice. They’re a great introduction to an outstanding new Australian talent, and hopefully an album won’t be too far away.

Life by Proxy is available now.