Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 10:46 PM

Shows coming up with Susan Werner, Eliza Gilkyson, Heather Maloney, Nell Robinson and more

I have had a busy summer thus far with shows and recording.  I finally found some time to update my website and came across this little gem I thought would be fun to share.  It's a version of Home on the Range I did for my King of Hearts Cd a few years ago.  It features a remarkably mature sounding 10 year old Ruby Henry on lead vocals.
Later in the fall will be shows with Heather Maloney as well as Meg Hutchinson.  And my little rock trio Surly Temple will be play every second Thursday at The Deja Brew in Wendell< MA.  Check out the shows page for details.
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 3:45 PM

Northeast tour with Eliza Gilkyson...May 2-11

Ever since I met Eliza back when I was touring with Tracy Grammer I have been a fan.  She is a very cool individual and one of the best songwriters ever.  She inhabits the songs she writes and it is a genuine privilege to accompany her.  We will be on the road around New England in May and I hope you can come out and say hi...
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 10:01 PM

Twice in One Week!!!

That's right. My little combo Surly Temple, is playing twice this week. Surly Temple is me and my long time buddies Guy Devito and Doug Plavin. We generally play once every couple of months because we're all busy playing other shows with other people. However, when we do get a chance to play it's always a fun time. We like to play songs by songwriters and musicians we admire-people like Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson, Los Lobos, Ry Cooder and David name a few. It's always different and challenging. So come on out if you can. And make sure to say hi...

Thursday, March 21st, 2013 8:00 PM
with Surly Temple
The Deja Brew
57A Lockes Village Road
Wendell, MA

Sunday, March 24th, 2013 4:00 PM
with Surly Temple
Wildcat's Blues Jam at City Sports
525 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA
we'll be Wildcat O'halloran's band plus we'll do our own little set
Thursday, March 7th, 2013 4:46 PM

This just in...

I'll be playing one of my faves, Meg Hutchinson this Saturday, March 9.
I always feel better after I play with Meg. I bet you will too.

Nights at the Beekley Concert Series 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford, CT (United States) - Map Set: 7:00 PM All Ages Tickets: $25
Friday, February 1st, 2013 1:05 PM

Recording and Touring...

Fun stuff happening...I recently did a session for the Boxcar Lilies down in CT. with their fabulous producer Lorne Entress.  They are a wonderful bunch of folks and this will a great record.
Next, I'm heading in for a session with the lovely and talented Carrie Ferguson.  I met Carrie when she called me a few years ago to play on her first CD.  She's great song writer and singer and this will be a fun recording.
Coming up in May and beyond will be tours with Susan Werner and Eliza Gilkyson.  I am a fan of both these  performers and am honored they have each asked me to play on their respective tours.  They both have new CD's coming out so as soon as I know the specifics I will pass them along.
Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 12:14 PM


New Years Resolution: pay attention to my website.  

This is the year I spend some time here at and make it a better place.  I have enlisted the help of my brainiac college boy, Jackson, who, over Christmas break, figured out how to get in here and manipulate the innards of this site.  He has changed the phone numbers and will be changing photos and text as soon as I tell him what I want.  So if you're reading this now check back soon and hopefully there will be more to explore.  In the meantime, jump over to the "live" page to check out some of the shows this month.  And by all means, if you come to a show, let me know if you heard about it on the website...
Sunday, November 18th, 2012 8:51 PM

Tracy Grammer Show at the Shutesbury Athletic Club on 12/7/12

522 Productions is putting on another great concert. The inimitable Tracy Grammer will lend her grace to the stage at the Shutesbury Athletic Club. I will be accompanying Tracy for the evening.

Opening the show will be my very own daughter, Ruby Henry along with her friend since before they could talk, India Meyer. This will be a tremendous show and we hope you will come out and support live music in the hill towns.

Info: Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the club, by check, paypal or credit card. Email me at or call 413-253-0927 for info.

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Visit the Shutesbury Athletic Club online for directions:
Sunday, March 25th, 2012 11:08 AM

March 2012

OK.  Clearly I have some issues keeping my news section up to date.  I pledge to do a better job.  It's not for lack of cool things to let you know about.  For instance, I have been dabbling in promoting concerts here in my tiny burg of Shutesbury.  There is a pub down the road that has two spaces where music happen.  The back room holds about 100 people and on March 31 we're presenting my personal pal Mark Erelli.  This is sold out already. There is also the front room, a small space where the bar is which holds about 70 people.  On April 6, my buddy Don Dixon (who plays bass with MCC and is a fantastic songwriter) will be playing.  And to sweeten the deal my daughter Ruby and I will open for Dixon starting at 6.  There is no charge for the April 6 show. Go to for directions.
Ruby and Jim HenryDon Dixon
So that's all for now.  More soon.  Promise...
Friday, February 18th, 2011 12:28 PM

Summer Tour with MCC

  I'll be headed out across America once again with Mary Chapin Carpenter this summer.  The same motley crew will be in tow- John Jennings, Jon Carroll, Don Dixon and Vinnie Santoro.  Look for info and dates soon.
  In the meantime I'll be involved with some fun projects closer to home. February 27 I'll be with Doug Plavin and Guy Devito at the Deja Brew in Wendell, MA.  A great local eatery and pub.  We'll be playing from 7-9 ish.
  March 14 and 16 I'll be play with fiddler Craig Eastman.  More details on when and where when I have them.
  March 18 and 19 I'll head over to Passim in Cambridge for 2 shows with Meg Hutchinson.  She is a tremendous songwriter and singer and nice as the day is long.  Speaking of nice, Richard Gates will be joining us on bass for both shows.
  April 2 I'll be with the Boxcar Lillies at their Album release show in Greenfield, MA.
   Also I'm working with Annie Patterson on her new CD.  Some of you may know Annie as the editor of the fabulous songbook "Rise Up Singing".  She has an incredible voice and I'm looking forward to being in the studio with her.
Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 8:47 PM

Jim heads out on the road with Mary Chapin Carpenter for 2010 tour

Hi folks-
  Here's the current itinerary for the summer.  More will likely be added.  Hope to see you out there.  I'll be the one with the big smile...
Charlottesville, VA Paramount Theatre Sat Jun 19
Burlington, VT Flynn Theater Mon Jun 21
Morristown, NJ Community Theatre at Mayo Center Tue Jun 22
Albany, NY Empire Center At the Egg Thu Jun 24
Northampton, MA Calvin Theater Fri Jun 25
New York, NY The Concert Hall Sat Jun 26
Boston, MA Symphony Hall Sun Jun 27
Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre Wed Jun 30
Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Melody Tent Thu Jul 01
Peekskill, NY Paramount Center Fri Jul 02
 Milwaukee, WI Potawatomi Casino Tue Jul 06
Apple Valley, MN Weesner Amphitheater Wed Jul 07
Chicago, IL Park West Thu Jul 08
Grand Rapids, MI Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park Fri Jul 09
Newark, OH Midland Theatre Sun Jul 11
Nashville, TN Schermerhorn Symphony Center Fri Jul 16
Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater Sat Jul 17
Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center Sun Jul 18
Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre Wed Jul 21
Asheville, NC Biltmore Estate Thu Jul 22
Boulder, CO Chautauqua Auditorium Mon Jul 26 
Denver, CO Denver Botanic Gardens Wed Jul 28
Beaver Creek, CO Vilar Performing Arts Center Thu Jul 29
Aspen, CO Belly Up Sat Jul 31
Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheater Sun Aug 01
Seattle, WA Woodland Park Zoo Tue Aug 03
Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery Thu Aug 05
Santa Rosa, CA Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Fri Aug 06
Anaheim, CA The Grove Of Anaheim Sun Aug 08
Windsor, CT Summer Wind Performing Art Center Sat Aug 14
Vienna, VA Filene Center Thu Aug 19
Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 8:22 PM

Check out Jim on CBS with Mary Chapin Carpenter

  I had a quick rehearsal then got up at 4 am on May, 1st to play my very first show with MCC.  I was supposed to go out on tour with her in 2007 when she suffered a pulinary embolism and had to drop out of the scene for a whlie.  But now she's back with a brand new album and sounding better than ever.  She has always been a hero of mine so I am thrilled to be a part of upcoming summer tour.
check us out at
more soon...jh
Monday, September 21st, 2009 5:37 PM

Lots O' Shows!!!


Hey there-
      Just a quick note to let you know about some fun shows this week and next.
Alastair Moock presents
Pastures of Plenty w
ith with guests Tracy Grammer, Jim Henry, Taylor Armerding, Margaret Glaspy and Paul Kochanski

Thursday 9/24 I'll be at Passim in Cambridge, MA with Pastures of Plenty.  It's an in-the-round format and it is a great time, guaranteed.  Show starts at 8:00. for details.
Saturday 9/26 is a double-header. I'll be playing at "Celebrate Shutesbury"  in, obviously, Shutesbury, MA.  It's a great small town celebration with live music, games, belly-dancing and puppets.  My son Jackson's band, The Shed, will also be performing. I go on at 11 (with Guy Devito and Doug Plavin lending skill and musical wizardry) and The Shed goes on at 1:30.
 Later that night, at 8, Jackson and I head to the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA for a benefit concert for the PACE Center in Easthampton.  Jackson, our buddy Guy Devito and I will be playing 2 Pete Seeger songs (the benefit is also tribute to Pete in honor of his 90th birthday).  Come support a great cause and hear Jackson and I in our first big performance together!
  Sunday 9/27 at 3:00 I'll be in Sandy Hook, CT with Tracy Grammer.  It's been a long time since we've done a show so this will be fun, no doubt.  Visit Tracy's web site for info,
 Saturday, October 3rd I'll be doing a split bill with Tracy at the Linden tree Coffeehouse in Wakefield, MA.  The Linden tree is one of the first places I ever headlined a show.  Liz Freeman and all the gang there have always been big supporters.  Tracy and I were supposed to play there about 3 and half years ago but  I had to cancel due to the death of my mother.  It has taken this long to line up all the schedules so I am really looking forward to this.
Finally, on October 10 I'll be doing a split night with Maria Sangiolo at The Vanilla Beane Cafe in Pomfret, CT.  Maria and I have been doing shows together for over 15 years.  She is such a talented singer and songwriter and the Beane has terrific food-sign me up.
Hope to see you at the shows!

Monday, August 3rd, 2009 9:36 AM

Slide Sessions...

Hello friends- 

   As you might know I am not one for beating people over the head to come out to local shows I'm involved with.  In fact, I think I'm notorious for mentioning my gigs after they've already occurred. However, I wanted to bring one show in particular to your attention because I really think this will be a one-of-a-kind, cool musical evening. 

  The show is called "Slide Sessions."  It will feature Cliff Eberhardt, Brooks WIlliams, Abbie Gardner and yours truly.  The idea (based on the Slide Sessions series that Abbie originated in NYC) is to bring slide guitar players from different backgrounds and styles together in the same room and see what they come up with.  It's unscripted, spontaneous, often surprising and always fun.  

  I have played with everybody on the bill at some point over the past few years and can say that I am a fan of all of them. Cliff is one of the finest song writers in America as well a monster guitar player.  Abbie plays wicked dobro and lapsteel and has been making quite a commotion across the country with her band, Red Molly. Brooks' national reputation as one of the best guitarist in acoustic music is hard-earned and well-deserved. Some of you may know that Brooks and I made an instrumental CD about ten years ago that still gets airplay on radio across the country.  He and I have only done a handful of shows together since making "Ring Some Changes" so this promises to be a memorable musical evening.

When and where?

The Black Moon Lounge (, MABelchertown 

Thursday, August 13 @ 8:00pm

  Please make it out if you can.  There is no cover charge at the Black Moon (though they will pass a hat).  There are comfortable sofas if you get there early.  Plus they have Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA on tap.


  Hope to see you there...JH

Thursday, July 9th, 2009 11:27 AM

Greenfield, Maine, Falcon Ridge and beyond

Hi Folks-
  Busy month coming up.  Taking time out from building a wood shed (winter's coming) and to play some fun and unique shows.
I'll be at the Green River Festival on 7/17 as part of the Signature Sounds night.  I'll be playing with Tracy Grammer and maybe with some other folks as well.  The next night will be at the fabulous Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownsfield, Maine.  This is a fantastic venue and I'll be in the round with Peter Mulvey, Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault and Tracy Grammer.  A fun night of music.  Next off to the Falcon Ridge Folk Fest in NY.  'Nuff said.  Then on 8/13 a one-time only (unless it's really fun then we'll do it again!) "Slide Sessions"  feature moi, Abbie Gardner (from Red Molly), Cliff Eberhardt and Brooks Williams.   It's all about the slide-dobro, bottleneck, lapsteel, blues, bluegrass, and hawiian.  Guaranteed good time. 
 So, check out the "live" page to find out details....
Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 2:10 PM

Spring Ahead

Hi Folks-
  A quick note to let you know I survived the winter and am enjoying spring.  I am doing lots of video lessons and recording, sending tracks back and forth, making excellent use of the internet.  I'm also working on a new instrumental CD, playing some East Coast shows with Tracy Grammer, Maria Sangiolo, Blue Horizon and others.  And hopefully the customized song business will be up and running shortly.  I'll also be back at Falcon RIdge Folk Fest this year. 
  To find out more about the video lessons just drop me an email.
Friday, January 16th, 2009 11:38 AM

Video Lessons...

Well, Santa brought me a camera for my computer so I can now offer lessons via the internet. I have already done one and it's a lot of fun, and yes, very cool. There are at least a couple of ways for this to happen. One is to video chat, meaning you and I are both online and video enabled simultaneously, seeing and hearing each other in real time. It's like getting together for a regular guitar lesson. The other way is for me to make a video teaching you a song, technique, approach, sound (whatever) and then sending it to you for you to watch and learn when you have time. Both methods are suited to your individual needs. For more info drop a line to Stay warm!!!
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 9:28 AM

Check out a recent review of Jim and King of Hearts

Here's a really nice article from a cool blog. Thanks so much to "boyhowdy" and "cover lay down" for the kind workds...enjoy!

Friday, September 12th, 2008 1:25 PM

Easing in to Fall

Well, it's starting to happen- summer is giving way to fall. It's cool during the day and it's getting cold at night. I always remember my college days in September. I went to Hampshire College which is just down the road from where I live now. Jamming in the quad, apple cider donuts and fresh squeezed cider from Atkins Farm, oh yeah, and classes.

This is the first autumn in awhile that I'll be here in New England to watch the whole place change from green to brown. Of course, it's the part in between that is so magnificent. So, for those of you interested in lessons or recording now is a good chance to make that happen while I'm home and available. I recently finished playing and recording a track for a woman from the west coast. She sent me a rough version over the internet with some ideas and suggestions, I recorded a version and sent it back. She listened and wanted some changes which I made and sent her the final version as .wav files. The whole thing took 2 hours with no added studio or travel costs involved. Very cool! Check out the services page for more info of this process.

Take care, JH
Monday, July 21st, 2008 2:35 PM

King of Hearts has arrived!!

That's right. The UPS guy drove up in the pouring rain and the two of us got soaked unloading the CD's. They look terrific. I'll listen to one to make sure it's actually me on there (I once bought a Casey Chambers CD which had all her photos and info on the packaging and CD itself but had opera burned on to the disc instead of her) then start getting them in the mail. Some will be sent from TN which is where my distributor is located. But soon they will arrive in your mailbox! On to Falcon Ridge Folk Fest...JH
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 4:46 PM

Jacksonville Digital Only...

I have officially sold out of Jacksonville. Rather than print another batch I have decided to make the world a cleaner, less cluttered place and offer it only in the digital realm. This seems to be where the music world is heading anyway. It is now available on itunes and CDbaby. So, ignore the "add to cart" button on my music page-it will only lead to heartache.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 11:01 AM

Previous News...

Welcome to my new and improved web site! The old one was so outdated I used a rotary telephone to upload it to the server. But thanks to the computer savvy and finesse of Adam Sweeney, my site has entered the new millennium. So, enjoy. Thanks for coming by.

There's a lot of news to report from Shutesbury, MA. First, I am starting work on a new EP which I hope will be out in time for the Falcon Ridge folk Festival. It will follow the same format as One-Horse Town (also Tracy Grammer's Book of Sparrows and Verdant Mile) - just Tracy and me playing and singing our little hearts out here at my home studio. Likely songs will include Richard Thompson's "'52 Vincent", "28th of January" and a couple of my new songs. Stay tuned for more info as it develops.

Second is my return to teaching after a long hiatus. I have decided to back off from long distance touring (i.e. flying to gigs) for the foreseeable future. I taught for many years before I had kids and now that they older, and I have more time, I am excited to get back in the teaching saddle. Check out the Services page for info on that.

Speaking of services, the last bit of news is that I am publicizing many of the services that till now have been strictly word of mouth. I am excited to offer up my recording studio (humble as it is) to those interested in doing small projects. Also it's now possible for me to add tracks to other people's recordings by sending WAV files back and forth over the internet. Very cool. So, take a look at the Services page and see what might work for you.

Thanks again for stopping by. My hope is to update this site regularly, so in the immortal words of Jed Clampett, "Y' all come back now, y'hear?"