01 Jun BUGS HENDERSON- “BLUES ALONG THE RED RIVER”

BUGS HENDERSON LIVE IN MOSCOW, IDAHO ON 4-26-09. PHOTO BY BEN UPHAM. MAGUCAL MOMENT PHOTOS.

BUGS HENDERSON PLAYING THE BLUES IN MOSCOW, ID. ON APRIL 26, 2009. PHOTO BY BEN UPHAM.


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BUGS HENDERSON
“BLUES ALONG THE RED RIVER”
BY TARA SOMERVILLE
TAOS NEWS
TAOS, NEW MEXICO
JUNE 11, 2009

Red River’s got the blues this weekend (June 12-13) and its jagged, soulful sounds will take us from Chicago to Texas and all the way down to Cajun country. It’s the first ever River & Brews Blues Fest, and the main event features four world class bands Saturday (June 13) from 11 a.m. -7p.m. at the Slope of the Red River Ski Area next to the Lift House. Tickets are $10 for a full day of music and gates open at 9 a.m.
An open mic kicks off the event Friday (June 12) at 5 p.m. at the Lift House, which is free of charge, and everyone is welcome to perform or listen. Headlining Saturday’s show will be Texas blues legend Bugs Henderson and the Shuffle Kings.
A performer for over 40 years. Bugs has “shared the stage with icons such as B.B. King, Freddie King, Eric Clapton and Roy Buchanan. He plays a scorching mix of blues, jazz, swing, funk and “just about anything else that can be played on six string, “he says. Texas Music Magazine described his music as, “Some of the most exciting rock ‘n’ roll of the era, driven by searing solos that sound like Henderson cutting his way out of a monstrous tangle of guitar strings.”
He’s played a six-string since he was six and began to really define his style in the 1970s. “Blues was all that mattered to me; no other music was worth a damn,” he says. This was around the time when he moved from Tyler, Texas, to Dallas to take part in the scene at a bar called “The Cellar.”
“It was this big black room. It had a red light that came on when the cops were coming and another light for fights,” he explains. “They ran four bands in a night and everybody played original music. We usually didn’t leave until four in the morning. It was the best thing that happened to my music.”
After honing his passion at “The Cellar” he joined fellow Texas guitarist John Nitzinger’s band and went on to open for artists such as the Allman Brothers, B.B. King and Leon Russell. After his first record, “At Last,” he went on to record 13 other albums over the span of four decades.

BUGS HENDERSON DISCOGRAPHY:
1978 At Last (Live)
1981 Still Flyin’
1986 Texan Eagles
1988 American Music
1993 Years in the Jungle
1994 Daredevils of the Red Guitar
1995 That’s the Truth (Live)
1996 Four Tens Strike Again
1997 Legendary Jams (Live ’76-’80)
1998 Have Blues, Must Rock
2000 Call of the Wild (Live)
2001 Adventures of the Shuffle Kings
2003 We’re a Texas band (Live)
2004 Stormy Love
2008 Blue Music
2009 Vienna Calling

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