Heartache and Trouble, the latest release from lap-steel virtuoso Son Henry is now availabe. We're really excited about this new record, it's a fun record full
of great old-school blues. There some amazing playing throughout, including guest appearances by Otto Lenz and Blue Lisa Monroe.
Boundless energy and enthusiasm, an explosive front man, a great songwriter and an endless repertoire of blues standards. Son Henry has been called a virtuoso on the Guitar and Blues Harp and an electrifying performer for years. But it is his lap steel playing, however, that earned him the title of "legendary guitarist" by Music Journalist Mark Dudick. He takes an instrument normally used to play Hawaiian music or old western swing and turns it into something else; a powerfully expressive blues instrument that screams, cries and brings audience after audience to their feet. We think Radio Enigma in Canada said it best:
The Son Henry Band is the best blues band in the world right now; Son himself is a master trailblazer in some of the dirtiest, skankiest, holiest hot rod of a lap-steel guitar anyone has a right to hear.
What is it that makes this guy tick? Well, here's what you need to know.
It was a chance to see BB King at the ripe old age of 12 that got him hooked blues. Add to that the good old days of real radio, where when the weather conditions were right you could get WLAC and a host of other blues radio stations on the AM radio from Chicago and New Orleans. By 13 he was hiding his guitar in the bushes, breaking curfew and sneaking into blues clubs all over New York. There was a short stint riding trains living the life of a blues guy and hitch-hiking to Woodstock (he almost made it too). Add to that something like (cough, cough) many years of playing blues in seedy bars all over the world, and he's mastered the craft; fusing blues and country blues and a punk attitude. It all works, and makes a very danceable gumbo.