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Bugs Henderson

The Tyler, TX-raised Bugs Henderson took his cues from the wealth of great roadhouse blues and blues-rock guitarists that were around Dallas, including Freddie King, Johnny Winter, and literally dozens of others on the Texas music scene of the '60s. Henderson has cited James Burton, Ricky Nelson's guitarist, as a major influence.

Henderson got his first guitar, a Montgomery Ward Airline, one year at Christmas when he was just six years old. Like Louisianan Sonny Landreth, also an exquisite player, Henderson began working in a record store in his teens. As a teenager, he would sneak out of the house to see live shows at local clubs, and he formed his first band, the Sensors, at 16. He later joined a friend, Ronnie Weiss, in a band called Mouse & the Traps, and they charted their first regional radio hit, "Public Execution" in 1966. Although he played in a procession of rock bands and studio sessions for country and rock musicians, by the early '70s Henderson realized the only music he was truly passionate about was blues. His mentor and friend, the legendary Freddie King, advised him to form his own band and follow his heart. By 1978, Henderson released his first record, At Last, for Texas-based Armadillo Records. The album would be the first of more than 14 records in the ensuing three decades. By the late '90s, Henderson was recording for the Portland, OR-based Burnside Records. His albums for that label include 1998's Have Blues...Must Rock, and a later release, Backbop. Other releases include Electric Snow, Stormy Love, Adventures of the Shuffle Kings, and Gitarbazndrumz.

Henderson lives in Garland, TX with his four children and has a simple, overriding philosophy of life: family first, music second, career third. As he explained in the biography accompanying one of his Burnside Records releases, "I couldn't have the life I have now and be a major star. Couldn't go to my kids' ball games. I wouldn't give that up for anything." For the limited touring he does do each year, Henderson takes his family on the road with him: son Buddy plays drums with his father, son Cody works as a sound tech for the band, and daughter Rose sells merchandise. Despite his limited touring and the limited distribution of his recordings over the years with smaller labels like Burnside, Henderson and his varying bands have shared stages with guitar icons including Ted Nugent, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. One of Henderson's guitars hangs proudly in the Hard Rock Café' in Dallas, alongside instruments donated by Chet Atkins and Lee Ritenour.

Henderson recently released a DVD, Live at the Grenada, recorded in Texas, and his website indicates he continues to tour Europe, select festivals around the U.S., and in clubs and theaters around Texas. He made a conscious decision some years ago to avoid grueling road trips, and said in a biography for Burnside Records, "I tell people all the time that I know you're supposed to stop and smell the roses as you go through life, but in my case I stopped and moved into the garden." ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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Happy Birthday Bugs, I will miss you always...
mark329
I have seen Bugs about 200 times never got tired. Used to play video games with him at a bar in Ft worth between sets. He wouldn't know me from the next fan but was friendly to talk with and not many have his soul for blues! He is missed.
Old school blues. Bugs is addictive.
cybercy_2000
Damn Shame! This guy turned me on to blues at Armadillo World Headquarters back in the 70's! I was the one yelling Rock n Roll all through his live At Last album. Seen him many times, once even opening up for Freddie King in Corpus Christie.
All in my soul and heart the Dude
boogiespeed
passed away, in early March 2012.... damn. what a shame
another one bites the dust,and the music world will not be the same.RIP BUGS.
llgary
Unfortunatel y , Bugs has passed away, in early March 2012. He is missed, God have mercy on us all.
scottcampbel l 1 9 5 8
You will be missed, Bugs. One of the best guitarists who ever lived.
RIP, Bugs.....
I never get tired of Bugs, see him evey time he comes to St. Louis.
bugs is effin' great
This group kicks. Alot






First seen him in a small bar in Kilgore, TX back in 79. Been a fan ever since.
llgary
Bugs is the greatest!!!
ronniemitche l l 1
As a teenager in the late 60's I helped around a nightclub called 'The Cellar' in Ft. Worth Tx and Bugs Henderson's band was the House band ,so I got the privilege of hearing him play a lot. Another guitar player checked out playing there one day but the management didn't even give him an audition because they said they didn't need another guitarist... s o Johnny Winter went on his way and soon signed a big contract with Columbia Records (I think the Cellar was paying about $50.00 a week). I'm hap
Check out "She thinks I still Care", live in Europe. This song will blow your socks off!!!!!!
Bugs is the king of Texas good s**t
mauka_man808
Bugs sings more like Johnny than Johnnys own brother Edgar
jdalsin
Yeah. Singing like Johnny Winter while channeling Freddie King on guitar. But whatever, he's obviously a great jammer and has his own style which goes down like a well crafted beer.
Holy Cow, I just heard a huge barrage of guitar notes on "Daredevlis of the Red Guitar".... Unbelievable . . . . The song was "Rebel Rouser"...
same thing, was SURE it was Johnny Winter singing. His guitar style is different though.
Just heard this from across the room--I could have SWORN this was Johnny Winter! Uncanny.
I have loved Bugs since the first time I heard him and do not understand why is unknown...th a t s always been a mystery. He is so amazing. and super nice too!
adorf7
Bugs is another relatively unknown Texas treasure.
Never really listened to the bugs, gave it a listen, and love him!!
daledcar3
The best music website I have ever been on. Thought I knew music, This has opened me up to so much more.
I can see where Johnny Winter developed his style.What a mentor !!!
This track is studio smooth. Great band backing him up. Guitar solo is good but still sounds pleasantly amateur....l i t t l e raw. tasty for sure.
Tasty...
fast as alvin lee and as tasteful as winter plus some
Pandora rocks its that simple. Ad kick butt artist and we have a winner.
I keep finding more and more great artist everyday on here.
I am hooked!!!!
The Rage
ronniemitche l l 1
He was the resident guitarist in the late 60's at a club called 'the Cellar' in Ft. Worth. It was a beatnik thing before turning hippy with 'cool' beatnik phrases still on walls, like 'coffee jazz and thou'. I was 17 and working washing glasses,even fixing drinks, or at the door to hit a buzzer if cops were coming up the stairs (the waitresses made NO other money than 'tips' so they 'strip danced for added tips), but the sound in there was great and Bugs was a real treat to hear play. One kind t
Bugs is a Longview / Tyler Tx local. I've been listening to and seeing him LIVE since I was a kid. My Blues Station wouldn't be the same without Bugs !!! Anyone remember the Falcon and the Crow bar in Kilgore ?
This guy is good and funky!
I'm a Bugs fan ! thanks pandora.
I grew up in Dallas in the mid 70's listening to Bugs Henderson, John Nitzenger & other greats from the area at Mother Blues, Sneaky Pete's & many other local bars & small venues for local musicians. Man, those were the days for true musicians with talent & not just a floor show. Goes without saying that I'm not a youngster.
hsk2
Soory, Bugs is from Texas and we are from St. Louis. Didn't meen to confuse
hsk2
Bugs is a personal friend om nime and my husband. he is a musician here is St. Louis and has played with Bugs off and on for 25 years.

Great man--Great musician
I DON'T KNOW HOW OLD BUT AWESOME LISTENING.
paul8004,,, Ilove Henderson also, may I ask how old your father and you are?
Bugs is no young man......... . . . . . . . . .
long live kool
Sings like old school Johnny Winter
great chops...my dad taught him is first A chord back in tyler texas
briankeith96 8
Great foot stomping music. I find myself rocking in my chair in the office.
good stuff.
ozy9
This is the guy that made me go buy a guitar. Excellent entertainer for a very long time.
sauerlemon
He's like a combination of Rory Gallagher and Peter Frampton. I know, right?
excellent

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