Monday, February 18, 2013

Henderson Huggins Interview

Henderson Huggins Interview (Unedited)
Alabama Music goes into our studios to interview Henderson Huggins.

Henderson Huggins is a native of Holt, Alabama. He began piano lessons at a very young age at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, moving on to become a noted stylist in multiple genres. He crossed the country with several different bands in the 60's and 70's, doing session work in recording studios and backing artists such as Sam and Dave and Johnnie Taylor. Off the road in recent years, he has become a popular blues arranger and professional piano tuner, as well as playing organ and serving as Minister of Music at the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in his present home town of Tuscaloosa.
In 2007 Henderson Huggins played in the movie, Honeydripper, (piano double for TYRONE PURVIS, played by Danny Glover). Comprised of some of the South's most accomplished blues and soul musicians, the Honeydripper All-Stars will be playing special performances in conjunction with the screening of the new John Sayles film, Honeydripper. The band features Henderson Higgins on piano, Arthur Lee Williams on harmonica, Dr. Mable John providing vocals, and Gary Clark Jr. on guitar.
Featured in a forthcoming film by director John Sayles, this intriguingly eclectic group includes performers from all over the country: veteran Chicago saxman Eddie Shaw, young Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr., Mississippi harpist Arthur Lee Williams, jazz pianist Henderson Huggins from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Detroit-bred singer Mable John, a former Raelette who recorded for both Motown and Stax in the 60s -- her sassy "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)" was a hit for Stax in '66 -- and now lives in LA.
Huggins Piano Service
3718 32nd Street
Tuscaloosa, AL  35401-6812
Phone: (205) 349-1872  
Henderson Huggins album review:
It is very hard to believe but Henderson Huggins has never recorded before In God's Hands (We Three Productions). In God's Hands is a collection of 8 black gospel tracks written by Kenne Walker and Henderson. Most in Tuscaloosa, Alabama know Henderson as the piano tuning man. He was the blind piano player in the movie, Honeydripper. This soulful gospel offering was co-produced and engineered by John Hall. In God's Hands has been a long time in coming but well worth the wait.-Jerry W. Henry

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