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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. As a child Henry moved to the Midwest through his fathers peripatetic job with car manufacturers Chevrolet. Most of his youth was spent in and around Detroit, where he met and married wife Melanie Ciccone (the sister of Madonna). They moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 1985, then Los Angeles in 1990 when Ciccone was offered a job with Brian Enos Opal Records. Henry had recorded his first album in 1986 live in the studio, a methodology repeated on all his releases until 1996s Trampoline. In keeping with his Johnny Cash influences, his subsequent albums for A&M Records offered bleak narratives, relayed in detached, emotionally drained tones.
In 1992, Henry moved to independent label Mammoth for Short Mans Room. That and the following years Kindness Of The World continued to explore moribund themes in a quasi-country style - the title track of the latter album concerning a young boy...