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Blues Guitarist Bugs Henderson Dies
by Anne Bothwell 9 Mar 2012

Sad news that guitarist Bugs Henderson has died.

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Bugs Henderson. Image: Bugshenderson.com

Sad news that Dallas guitarist Bugs Henderson has died. Henderson was diagnosed with liver cancer a few months ago.  A benefit to help defray medical costs was held just last Sunday at the Palladium.  It’s nice to know that Bugs was able to watch all the musicians and bands gathered to pay tribute to him at the day-long event  – from Ray Wylie Hubbard to Mouse & the Traps.  The concert was videotaped and Henderson, who was receiving hospice care, was able to view it with his wife, via Skype.  At one point, a former bandmate held up a cell phone so the crowd could yell “We love you Bugs”.

Thor Christensen wrote a piece about Sunday’s event and why Bugs attracted such loyal friends in the music business for The Dallas Morning News.   And here’s the Observer report on his death.

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  • Anonymous

    I recorded a couple of ‘live’ (direct to stereo) CDs for Bugs many years ago, as the front of house engineer for Poor David’s Pub in Dallas, Texas… neither were big sellers, but both were positively reviewed and contained extraordinary talent and un-duplicable moments of guitar mastery. It never ceases to amaze me, that even though this man was well known among the greatest rock and blues guitar players of the world, he never actually made the road to fame. (Speaking of which, “The Road” was one of Bugs’ finest original tunes). The likes of Eddie VH and Ted Nugent would drop in on his shows, yet Bugs himself did not climb the ladder to national notoriety. He’ll be missed by many. Condolences to the family and all who knew him… RIP

  • QueryThis

    I recorded a couple of ‘live’ (direct to stereo) CDs for Bugs many years ago, as the front of house engineer for Poor David’s Pub in Dallas, Texas… neither were big sellers, but both were positively reviewed and contained extraordinary talent and un-duplicable moments of guitar mastery. It never ceases to amaze me, that even though this man was well known among the greatest rock and blues guitar players of the world, he never actually made the road to fame. (Speaking of which, “The Road” was one of Bugs’ finest original tunes). The likes of Eddie VH and Ted Nugent would drop in on his shows, yet Bugs himself did not climb the ladder to national notoriety. He’ll be missed by many. Condolences to the family and all who knew him… RIP