By JOHN DALY
Caleb Henry is a one-man band.
Not in the music sense — his real band has six players — but he is a great promoter, handling all the other tasks a musician has to be good at today.
Armed with some good music and a Communications degree with a focus on media and PR, Henry is putting that education to good use.
“For me having the background in social media marketing and PR has been a huge help,” Henry said. “I do everything on my own.”
In this day and age that’s the way the indie artist has to do it if they want to survive. Promotions, social media and merch sales enable bands to play another day.
He recently opened for Katey Sagal and The Reluctant Apostles at The Mint. As for Henry, he has a plan for the next foreseeable future.
“My plans are to start playing more, start getting the name out there more, expanding the area in which I play,” he said. “That way we make new connections and we’re releasing a new album California Mistake.”
“I continue to grow in my songwriting,” he said.
How does he like The Mint?
“The Mint is phenomenal, it’s like home for us,” Henry said. “They let me play my solo stuff and Scott the booking guy is phenomenal and the owner TC is great, they’ve treated us very well.”
Playing in the band are: Ryan Moline, rhythm guitar, Kolten Knaub drums, Jake Strommen keys, Mason Haynie violin and on bass is Micah Herman.
Henry says the band will perform the EP Lost in the Particulars and a variety of other tunes.
“I recorded three tracks for the documentary ‘Honor Project,’ about fatherhood,” he said. “The songs I have on there are ‘Like My Father,’ which is country acoustic-americana, “This Side of Heaven” and “Long Cut Long Drives.”
Henry said the aspiring musician today has to make a lot of friends, preferably those who are creative.
“You have to be able to make the connections with people and see who can help you,” Henry said. “We have to see how everybody can help each other. Social media is huge.”