Western Star / Rodney Henry / Blakdog / Jake Webb & the Commitments
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00amView event on Facebook
Western Star: Raised mostly in a holler on the border of West Virginia and Virginia. Formed in summer of 2013 while working on a cattle ranch in East Texas. This family band is a second generation alt-country four piece that brings garage-rock speed and power, southern rock harmonies and straight up kickassery to their music. They played their first real gig together in October 2013 during ACL at the HIckoids’ Corn Lover’s Fiesta in Austin, and in the spring of 2014 during SXSW at Jeff Smith’s Saustex Records showcase.
Rodney Henry: They call him the Ramblin’ Pie Man, and he lives up to the name.
These days, Dangerously Delicious Pies founder Rodney Henry spends more time on the road than he does at home in Baltimore. Almost nine years after he opened his first pie shop, in Patterson Park, Henry has finally reached the point where he doesn’t have to be in the kitchen making pie crust every morning. He’s becoming the go-to pie expert, popping up on TV with Bobby Flay and Paula Deen, and on the Food Network’s “Chopped.” Last month, Henry flew out to Los Angeles to film a TV show that might make him a star in his own right (he can’t divulge details just yet).
Henry, 47, is also invading Washington, D.C. — in the past few months, he has opened Dangerously Delicious pie shops in Union Station, Chinatown and in the up-and-coming H Street corridor.
Of course, pie has always played second fiddle to Henry’s one true love: music. He only became a pie man in the first place to pay for his touring, both as a solo act and as the front man of the Glenmont Popes. After years of grinding it out on the club circuit as a blues man, he’s finally getting a foothold. Last year he recorded an EP with White Stripes producer Jim Diamond in Detroit, where he lived for a few months and still has an apartment and a pie shop. And he had such a great time at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin last year, he plans to return next month and host a Dangerously Delicious Pies showcase. This might just be his moment.
“I’m ready, man,” Henry said. “I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer. Whatever I have to do. I’m like a Pie Johnny Cash.”