introducing Curtis Henderson. my dad.
This past December I returned home for the holidays–winter in Utah, something I haven’t been able to enjoy for a year or so. It was a blessing to share space and time with those who I know truly and love most, one of which was my dad–Curtis Henderson. Throughout his high school years in Star Valley Wyoming, my dad sang and guitared in a band called “the Invaders”, rocking standards at school functions. (the band is pictured left. He’s the one above the drum) Throughout most of my life his aging “Melody Maker” guitar gathered dust and was only occasionally exhumed to the delights and shouts of us kids. Doubtless, my early interest in music was sparked magically those rare evenings as my dad strummed “Louie, Louie” or “Wild Thing,” his voice barking freely, tube amplifier rattling. Strange how quick and thorough music can alter the spirits and colors of a home! So it has brought me great pleasure in recent years to witness him rekindling his musical flirts, purchasing a fancy new guitar and practicing relentlessly each night. He’s a diligent and committed man, qualities that he has brought to his music. So it just made sense that I should bring recording gear with me to Utah, and to make proof of his talent. We tracked about 30 songs., most of which are covers, but some of which he composed. Here are a couple of the covers:
“Wicked Game” (Chris Isaak cover)
“Running Scared” (Roy Orbison Cover)