Apr 15, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Joel Ray Hensley (E66)

About: Joel Ray Hensley from Sacramento, California

...Self taught from that day forward, Joel Ray Hensley started pouring through the material of his Blues heroes only to discover the gritty layer beneath these modern musical giants. There, he found the roots of everything that made his creative blood boil -the smooth lyrical style of Muddy Waters, the showmanship and professionalism of the giant behemoth of a man, Howlin’ Wolf and the direct tonal tie between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Stevie’s own mentor, Albert King. He saw in these players the tools they used to express the basics of the Blues. He heard the connections between the plowshares and the calls of the Southern field workers and the modern electric expression of emerging Blues artists.
The clouds parted and the full force of the sun became apparent when Joel ran across the music of Jimi Hendrix, the Rosetta Stone for deciphering the Blues of the past and a sign post that pointed to the future of the Blues musician. All were right there in the grooves of every cut by Joel’s new musical guru.
Joel Ray Hensley’s professional career has been varied in scope, but one thing has always been crystal clear: Life is the Blues and music is the vehicle that allows us to walk in another man’s shoes, . . feel his pain, . . rejoice in his joy, . . or glow in the light that is redemption.
It’s that music that Joel Ray Hensley strives to bring to a listening audience every day...


1). What musical instrument is the wildest/most fun to play on (from your point of view)?
I used a Gibson Les Paul on the song What Ever Happened. I played through a small Behringer bass amp and had everything on 10 except for guitar tone knobs, turned all the way down. Made the hair on the back of my neck stand up when we were recording!

2). What has been the biggest challenge in your life?
I'm currently faced with my biggest challenge: Unemployment

3). What song you can listen to again and again?
Without a doubt "Sweet Sixteen" by BB King. Any version.

4). What is your favorite feature on R&R?
So far, your podcast! Is that a good answer?

5). If you could ask one question to the leader of your country, what would it be?
"Want a hit?"

Listen to: Joel Ray Hensley - Man Of The Blues




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