Carrie and the Cut Snakes is led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Carrie Henschell. Raised on a cattle farm on Scrubby Mountain in Queensland, Australia, Henschell began gigging at the tender age of 15 and spreading her own brand of country, rockabilly and blues. After 4 years of winning local competitions and making long treks to win fans at clubs, cafes, weddings and even funerals, she moved to Brisbane at 19 to play in bands and in 2010, Carrie and the Cut Snakes was born. The name is from the country colloquialism “mad as a cut snake”, meaning basically bat shit crazy and is a tongue in cheek tip of the hat to her rural past.
Shortly after cutting a self-titled album, Henschell could no longer ignore the Live Music Capital of the World’s siren’s call and sold everything, packed up and moved to Austin, Texas in July 2013. Her moxie in high gear, she enlisted herself a brand spankin’ new band within a month; upright bass player Shaun Dickerson (Blow Fly), drummer Patrick Herzfeld (Emily Bell, Mother Teresa, Ashley Monical) and guitarist Tim Ziegler (Superno). Currently Henschell is gearing up to record an ambitious concept album next year; side A will be an early Americana country journey, inspired by the like of Hank Jr where side B will is the byproduct of her dark rockabilly alter ego. In the meantime, she and the Cut Snakes will be playing as much as possible, here in Texas and in the rest of the states. Look out!
“It’s been a while since I’ve heard such a straightforward honest Australian vocal –think the Waifs, that accent is unmistakable and here it lends a solid strain of authenticity to what Henschell is singing about – you really believe her stories. Henschell also brings in some Guthrie in that her songs are so simple, which makes them all the more powerful… Destined for bigger things indeed”- Samuel J. Fell, Sydney Morning Herald
“This is a fine debut by an exceptionally talented new artist... There's no reason why, like Chambers, Henschell and her Cut Snakes shouldn't cross over to a wider audience.”- Andrew Stafford (Author of Pig City) Brisbane Times
“The main attraction is Henschell’s voice which cuts through like a ringing bell…When Carrie let’s rip on songs as good as love song, you’ll see that she too has A voice has a voice that can sing your blues away”- Noel Mengel Courier Mail