April 12th, 2019

Special Guests: John Henry

Local Singer, Songwriter, Artist, Band Leader, Venue Talent Buyer


Gun violence, fear, addiction, mental-health issues, feeling out of place. John Henry’s heartland rock reflects the soul as much as it inspires the mind. Daily life, intertwined with both urban and rural perspectives, creates a life rhythm that is often felt but not always shared on a personal level. Put music to the themes, and the topics take on a new, appreciated tune.

As a St. Louis-native singer-songwriter-musician who earned a place on the former LouFest mainstage lineup, and several years ago was the opening band for then-Senator Barack Obama in Columbia, MO, John delivers his music with what one local music and film journalist calls “gutpunch beauty.” As an artist, John understands how the creative mind and sensitive spirit of musicians often lead to crafting the craft as an outlet for introspection and making sense of the world. After one of his band members, who struggled with mental illness, passed away, John struggled with the trauma and quagmire that his colleague’s death left behind. In this week’s episode of Mental Health Matters, Executive Director Tom Duff, MSW, LCSW and John talk music, mental health, writing, working hard, being cool with people and building relationships.