Larry Henson Live!
has been laying down a solid Memphis groove on the drums for over forty
years. Larry's musical influences are straight out of the Mississippi
delta where he grew up just outside of Memphis. With older brothers
in high school in the 1950's, Larry was listening to Dewey Philips'
"Red, Hot & Blue" radio show on WHBQ-AM and Rufus Thomas
on WDIA as he formed his musical tastes. The rockabillly from Sun Records,
blues from Beale Street, and soul from Stax and Hi records mixed with
his Dad's collection of Hank Williams records to provide a well rounded
appreciation of Southern musical traditions. High school band added
a touch of discipline in reading music and practice. The drummer who
has been the single greatest influence for Larry has been Al Jackson
Jr., the great drummer for Stax records' house band, Booker T. and the
MGs. As a drummer, Larry Henson always ascribed to the Al Jackson motto:
"Less is more."
a fully restored vintage 1973 11-piece Slingerland Jazz-Rock double
bass kit that he bought new 35 years ago. The kit is fully miked with
a state of the art sound system.