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
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 as some odd but entertaining and very
Bass player and gear junkie Dino has been with the band for almost 5
years now, and we're not sure where he came from or if he really has a
last name. We do know that there must be something to the story that's
either too colorful or sordid for print because he keeps his past so
closely guarded you'd think it was covered by the official secrets act.
No matter, he's a damn good bass player...
Duncan "drummerboy" Stewart started playing drums when he was 5 and by
the age of 13 was performing regularly around the local blues and jazz
clubs near where he grew up. As a child, music was always in the family
with his dad being a keen guitarist. His influences range from the
classic British rock bands of the 60s and 70s such as
Led Zeppelin, to
American Jazz artists such as Buddy Rich.
A Multi-instrumentalist (all kinds of saxophones, blues harp and
probably a few others) Dave has been an integral part of the Scottish
Blues Scene for a long time. With diverse influences like Ben Webster,
Gerry Mulligan, Eddie Shaw,
Yank Rachell and
Sonny Terry, Dave has been
a driving force in bands like Souled Asylum. In 1996 he formed "The
Bottleneck Blues Band"(5 piece) which became one of the most prominent
blues bands in central Scotland at the time. He's done session work for
several bands including "Strawberry" whose song "Flavor of the Month"
was the most downloaded track from "Rolling
Stone" in the US for one
month during 1997- probably because of the horn parts that Dave Wrote
and arranged! We heard he was available in 2009 after leaving 'Soul
Funkin Hot' and their loss is our gain, because his baritone sax playing
gives the band that big fat bottom end that drives dancers wild.
A recovering child prodigy, Chris was a fixture in various soul and
blues bands in the north east on the Tenor Sax, including Aberdeen Soul
Bands 'Soul Funkin Hot' and 'Souled Asylum'. among others. He's got a
strong jazz influence, and a particularly strong sense for 1940's and
1950's big band blues that helps give the band it's authentic feel.