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Bugs Henderson – Bugs’ Blues (DVD+Instruction CDs) Now Available From Download.CNET December 30, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.

Bugs’ Blues celebrates the incredibly versatile and amazing chops that make up Henderson’s legendary style. Bugs demonstrates his unique style by soloing over different blues and rock grooves, breaking down both his right and left hand techniques, walking you through specific licks note-for-note.

Bugs lays out many of his favorite licks, from country bends and whole tone licks to octave and chromatic moves. He also talks about hybrid picking, explains his use of pedal point licks, demonstrates pedal steel bends and open string tele-style moves and shows how to create open position licks from chord shapes. Along the way, you’ll learn about bending, vibrato, dynamics and phrasing, and licks in the style of everyone from Freddie King, Albert Collins and B.B. King to James Burton and Roy Clark.

You’ll get an in-depth look at Bugs’ rhythm playing as he explains everything from his use of chromatic passing chords and signature turnarounds to how to create parts by thinking like a horn section and how to make fewer notes sound funkier. Bugs shows you how to play rhythm guitar in a power trio as well as a bigger band setting. Bugs also shares wisdom gleaned from thousands of gigs working with hundreds of top players all over the globe.

BUGS’ BLUES is optimized for intermediate to advanced players and is presented across 2 video software CD-ROMs (Windows and Mac compatible) including an extra BONUS DVD spanning Bugs’ career selected from Bugs’ personal archives.


* 40 full-length video lessons
* Text overviews
* Practice tracks
* Standard notation and interactive Power Tab so you can “see” and “hear” the tab and notation played out at any tempo
* TrueFire’s video lesson player features zoom, frame advance, looping and other handy controls


* This course is presented in cross-platform Flash with PDF (tab notation) and…
* Power Tab elements. Power Tab (included) is only available for Windows but we also include midi tab files for Mac users. All other components work great on Mac

NOTE: However there is a version on the CD of the POWER TAB EDITOR we recommend to download the latest FREE version HERE


What can we say? An unique, exclusive and historical insight into Bugs whole career with a beautiful collection of 15 live performances selected from Bugs’ personal archives which should be included in your all time music library.

Total Running Time DVD: 105 min.


* Flex
* Gigglebush Boogie
* Baby Ruth
* Ain’t Your daddy’s Business
* You Can’t Sit Down(with The Stratoblasters)
* Rock And Roll Blue
* Country And Western Medley
* Going Down (with Ted Nugent)
* Summertime Blues
* Jitterbugs
* Sen-Sa-Shun (with Mouse and the Traps)
* Big Roar and Ain’t Nobodys Business
* Rocket In My Pocket (trio)
* Rocket In My Pocket (5 piece)
* Texas Jellyroll Blues (with David Grissom)

Bugs Henderson was born in Palm Springs, California in 1943 and grew up in Tyler, Texas. Bugs had a burning desire to pick up the 6 string at an early age. At the age of 6 he discovered his first love. Beginning in the early 1960’s he began working in a record store in Tyler. As a teen he would sneak out of the house against his fathers wishes just to catch live gigs in the local joints. Beginning his own band, the Sensors, at age 16 he soon joined his friend, Ronnie Weiss, in a band called Mouse and the Traps. Mouse and the traps charted its first song, “Public Execution” in 1966. This is where he earned his name “Bugs” over shadowing his real name Buddy.

By the end of the decade, Bugs had made the transition from fan to musician. As a house guitarist at the Robin Hood Studios, he played demo sessions behind numerous performers from country to rock.

Bugs’ signature sound was beginning to define itself during the 1970s with the blues. Quoting Bugs, “Blues was all that mattered to me; no other music was worth a damn.” During this time, Bugs moved from Tyler to Dallas in order to join the scene of a bar called The Cellar. “It’s really hard to explain that place,” Henderson remembers. “It was this big, black room. It had a red light that came on when the cops were coming in and another light for fights. The waitresses wore just bras and panties, but they ran three or four bands in a night and everybody played original music. We usually didn’t leave until four in the morning, and there was no other place like it around. It was the best thing that happened to my music. I learned a lot.”

Henderson went from small clubs to playing on stage opening for artists such as the Allman Brothers, B.B. King, and Leon Russell. Henderson described it as “a big change.”

Bugs and his love for blues got tired of the wide-open riff-oriented rock, and friend Freddie King began pushing for Henderson to start his own band. Bugs assembled his first record “At Last” released on succession of 14 albums spanning over four decades.

Success and it’s spoils began wreaking havoc on Bugs’ life in the late 1970s. Bugs took time to take a good hard look at where his life was and where it was going. “Most of the people I ran with are dead, in jail, or just look terrible. With God’s help and good friends, I came out of it, “Henderson says. Bugs Henderson lives in East Texas with his wife Patty and daughter Zoey. “The order of importance in his life is simple: Family, Music, Career. Bugs explains, “I couldn’t have the life I have now and be a major star. Couldn’t go to my kids’ ball games. I wouldn’t give up that for anything.”

His mixture of searing blues, jazz ability, swing, funk, and just about everything else that can be played on six strings; Bugs has the ability to give his audience a sense of true musical art, applying enormous control over his tone and coloration.

Bugs has played with guitar icons such as B.B. King, Freddie King, Eric Clapton, Ted Nugent, Roy Buchanan, and James Burton. To this day, Bugs’ guitar hangs in Hard Rock Cafe’ in Dallas along side instruments donated by Lee Ritenouer and Chet Atkins.


“Bugs Henderson should be declared a national treasure.”-Guitar Player Magazine

“The world’s greatest unknown guitar player. He can flat out blow most pickers away. Bugs will fry the skin off your butt with his monster chops and fatback tone.”-Guitar One

“The best kept secret in Texas, a pastel of original blues and rock.” –Dave Rubin, “Rockin’ the Blues”-

“Henderson’s guitar and his distinctive voice belong to the best the scene has to offer today.”-Concerto (Austria)

“The prototype of the brutal Texan guitarist who takes no prisoners.”
Blues News (Germany)

“Some of the most exciting rock & roll of the era, driven by searing solos that sound like Henderson cutting his way out of a monstrous tangle of guitar strings.”-Texas Music Magazine

“Henderson certainly has his voice, both in his songwriting and his guitar playing, an amalgam of roots rock and Texas blues.”-Blues Review Magazine

“Some of the nastiest guitar solos ever recorded. He doesn’t worry about what’s going to please anyone else anymore.”-Dallas Morning News

“I’m not aware of anyone else who records with as much diversity. One hell of a guitar player.”-Electric Blues

“The heir apparent to Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan. He can go for hours without dropping one cliche’ riff or even repeating himself. It can be a humbling experience.”-San Diego Reader-

and Bugs’ personal favorite:
“Struggling to reach basic musical competence.”-Living Blues


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