"They were all a little older than me and it was clear their approach to what they were doing was way different from any I'd ever been around. They were no-nonsense; they exchanged very little banter with the crowd or anyone else, and they were in no way interested in putting on any kind of show. They were there to play and they took it way seriously. Professional musicians in the most literal sense imaginable.

"The linchpin of this, the guy who set the tone for it, was Bugs. He was the drawing card. He was the guy people came to see. He had the big reputation. But if you thought that when you went to see The Dream you were going to see a Hendrix knock-off or even a guitar-intensive bluesy-jammy thing, you couldn't have been more wrong.

"It required a certain amount of restraint and nuance, and that was the great thing about Bugs — he didn't try to stand out. Yet, by not standing out, he came off as greater than any other guitar player around.

"The Cellar was an unusual place. Just as there will never be another Bugs, there won't be another Cellar, and if you didn't watch yourself there, you could fall under the influence of some serious vices. Time passed; the place went away and Bugs set out on the course he would follow the rest of the way. The one most associate him with. His role changed. His greatness and his approach did not. If you never saw him at The Cellar, you will recall him in a particular way, in which he surrounded himself with a few great players, sang and carried the night, unfailingly sending his fans home satiated by the blues. That was the course he chose.

"But if you did see him at The Cellar, you know that when it came to his mastery of the guitar, the latter-day fans saw just the tip of a massive iceberg. There was never a bad time to see Bugs. There was never a better time to see him than then."

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
22 comments
Bonster
Bonster

The love of my life and the father of my beautiful children first went to see Bugs on Greenville Avenue in some teeny dive near the now defunct "Filling Station" back in 1982. It was our 3rd date and when I absolutely knew that I was totally, solidly in love with him! The venue was packed, and Bugs just BLEW THE WALLS OFF!!! I found out in 2011 that my brother sat in on bass with Bugs a couple of times...WOW! What a Generous Musical Genius whose music allowed us to hear his heart and soul ~ RIP to a great Texas Legend . . . Thank you, Bugs, for all the gifts through all the years...

Claude Johnson
Claude Johnson

Bugs Henderson was a blues guitarist. He had a keen desire of learning guitar so at a very young age at six he learn playing guitar. HE was a well known blues guitar player. He was popular in Europe and from the 1970's was based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, where he was known as a local blues guitar legend.

Aprylsmith22
Aprylsmith22

For those on here talking crap, it's very clear you did not know th man one bit but reguardless he had a family and that if anything else should be respected. Bugs was amazing on the guitar and stage. But I remember him as a dad at his daugters softball games and sons baseball games. So before you go talking crap think about who might be reading it. Rose I hope the family is staying strong and as you already know he is missed.

Jbricmont
Jbricmont

When people asked why I moved from Cal. to Texas, I would answer "So I could hear Bugs more often". There's a littleI grain of truth in there. I first saw Bugs' and heard his music in the late 90's when I had just gotten sober, and I largely attribute the fact I now am 15 years into a new life to Bugs' ability to speak to me through his music about his own struggles. I never missed a chance to hear him play Gruene Hall. Rest in Peace, Bugs. And thank you!

Tara Bender
Tara Bender

I met Bugs and his wife Patty through Rosie, and was priveliged to see him rock out at Poor Davids. I truly wish it had been more. Regret is such a bitter thing. He spoke through that guitar, and it really moved me. Much love Henderson family.

Brendan Keyes
Brendan Keyes

Hi Patty some people have no respect for Human life, never mind with these types of people. My Ma always told me be nice to everyone, Bugs was nice to everyone that's why we love the person as well as his music. This is for you insensible people, don't come on here and put down my friend have respect for a great man, his family and his fans. R. I . P Bugs we love you.

Justpattyanne
Justpattyanne

My Gosh, I wish I hadn't come back to read the comments.

Thanks to Daniel for taking the time to write the article - for contacting a few of the players out there that knew something of him. Thanks to the nice words from our friends out there.

I came to link this article on some of the fan pages (for those friends, family & fans who DID think that there was something to his playing - and to the human being), but I am reeling. This sits hard for a woman who's lost her husband.

Patty Anne Hendersonaka "Mrs. Bugs"

Dunkellll
Dunkellll

Another boring, cheesy Texan playing their white-boy blues. Good riddance.

Briankeithhurley
Briankeithhurley

Bugs played my wedding and taught me a lot about playing. My first band was in seventh grade was with his son playing drums. He was a legend and a great human being

Jbricmont
Jbricmont

Patty, fools gotta be fools. That one jerk has to use this opportunity to aggrandize his opinion of himself at another's expense only tarnishes HIS standing, not Bugs'.

Rose Henderson
Rose Henderson

There is always going to be someone that tries to take the attention that others recieve and stomp on it because they dont get what they want out of life. Dont ever listen to a weakling like that. Honestly, that dude has proba ly never even heard a song or note of dads. They just see an opportunity to pout and throw a fit, so they do. We know the truth Patty, and 99.99999 % of everyone else that ever heard him or knew him does too! Love you!

Natalie:)
Natalie:)

Anyone ever tell you dude that you fail at life? Well of course they have you go by DUNKELLLL!!! I mean really what kind of d-bag has a name like that? Do yourself and your fleas a favor and go die in a fire....

Dave Millsap
Dave Millsap

There are evil people in this word and I truly belive karma will serve well with this slug . RIP Bug Man.... real guitar players all across the world loved you and by god Im one of them Dave Millsap Ft Worth Texas

Rwchalker
Rwchalker

Give Ol Dunkellll a break... he is just a kid..... Hey Dunkellll going through life drunk and stupid is not productive. get off your moms couch in the basement.... take a shower for gods sake.... you smellll...dunkellll... it's obvious... go downtown and look for a job. Try to stay away from any news publication work... because you have no idea of what you comment.... I really tried to understand your point of view..... I just cannot get my head far enough up my own ass to understand you..... good luck

P.S. The bad breath you keep having is easily fixed.... Quit scratching your ass or quit biting your finger nails.... problem solved

Debbie
Debbie

Dunkelll you are probably some snot nose kid who has never heard the GREAT Bugs Henderson play......the man had a style that was hard to copy because he was REAL..... there was never anything "cheesy" about Bugs Henderson. My husband and I went to see him play in Houston when he opened for Johnny Winter and that was in the early 80's.... I was blown away by the talent this man had and have been a fan every since. If nothing else have some respect for his family, the loved him and are mourning him......so grow up and like another person said "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" so crawl back into your hole and shut up. You will never be on the same playing field as Mr Bugs Henderson.......never ever. To Patty Ann and Rose and all Bugs' family..... my heart goes out to you and I want you to know that I am very thankful to have met Bugs and talked to him a few times ....as a photographer I asked him one night to sign some photos I had taken of him and very kindly did so....earning even more of my respect. May he R I P and may you know the comfort of his love......

Rose Henderson
Rose Henderson

Im sorry your life is such bullshit that you have to put down those that actually make something of their life. Im sorry you only have the balls to talk crap about the dead and those you will never come in contact with. White boy blues??? Hmm...I wonder where that comment comes into play. Must have some anger towards those that succeed at "another mans" game. Blues isnt called Blacks. Its an emotion retard....one you clearly have alot of. Its universal, just as is love. You shouldnt be aloud to listen to music (especially my fathers) since you clearly cant appreciate its diversity and purpose. Opinions are one thing...but disrespect isnt neccisary. "GOOD RIDDANCE"

Brendan Keyes
Brendan Keyes

Hi Patty some people have no respect for Human life, never mind with these types of people. My Ma always told me be nice to everyone, Bugs was nice to everyone that's why we love the person as well as his music. This is for you insensible people, don't come on here and put down my friend have respect for a great man, his family and his fans. R. I . P Bugs we love you.

Georgektexas
Georgektexas

Did you ever hear the one about...if you can't say anything nice...don't say anything at all ?

Bugs was anything but boring...and WAY anything but cheesy...

Perhaps all your taste is in your mouth ? I'm just sayin'....

Wordb
Wordb

I didn't care for his playing either...well at least from what I heard later in his life. But perhaps you should have a bit more respect

 
Dallas Concert Tickets

Concert Calendar

  • August
  • Wed
    20
  • Thu
    21
  • Fri
    22
  • Sat
    23
  • Sun
    24
  • Mon
    25
  • Tue
    26
Loading...