Joe Henry is an alternative country, folk and jazz singer and songwriter. Although his early albums focused on a more traditional country sound, his later projects showed more diverse influences including jazz and soul. His 1999 album, Fuse, even incorporated elements of trip-hop. Since his 2001 album, Scar, many of his songs have shown a heavy jazz influence. The album itself had only traces of country music, and Henry's backing band was primarily composed of jazz musicians.