After a break of some 50 years, Birmingham’s legendary Henry’s Blueshouse is set to return. The doors of Henry’s Blueshouse at The Bulls Head will open at 7pm on Tuesday 5th March 2019. Admission is free.
The original Henry’s Blueshouse opened in The Crown Hotel in 1968 and ran every Tuesday under the flag Tuesdays is Bluesdays. It was said by Melody Maker to be “the first progressive music venue outside of London”.
Organised by trumpet player and band manager Jim Simpson, originally as a platform for Bakerloo Blues Line, later shortened to Bakerloo, it quickly developed into one of the most important music venues in this city. American bluesmen and leading British rock and blues attractions featured weekly at the small upstairs room adjacent to New Street Station which was to gain worldwide recognition as the birthplace of one of the most influential rock bands of all time, Black Sabbath. Simpson became their manager and took them from obscurity to a chart topping attraction with the single “Paranoid” and the albums “Black Sabbath” and “Paranoid”. The latter reached number one on the album chart, a feat not repeated by Black Sabbath until 43 years later.
Henry’s was seen as an important stepping stone to fame by dozens of bands including Status Quo, Jethro Tull, Thin Lizzy, Robert Plant, Judas Priest, Rory Gallagher & Taste, Thin Lizzy, Chicken Shack and Ten Years After – click here to view a full list
American Bluesmen to grace the stage at Henry’s Blueshouse included Arthur Big Boy Crudup, who wrote “That’s Alright Now Mama”, the first Elvis Presley hit, Champion Jack Dupree, Lightnin’ Slim, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Reverend Gary Davis and J.B. Hutto.
So block out your Tuesdays, and make sure to head to Birmingham’s Westside for a good slice of down-home, rocking blues. You’ll find The Bulls Head at 38 Bishopsgate Street, Birmingham B15 1EJ. For directions, click here.
Many thanks to Davenports and Westside BID for their continued support of live music in Birmingham.
|March 5th||The Shufflepack|
|March 12th||Brooks Williams|
|March 19th||Dirk Diggler’s Blues Revue|
|March 26th||Bob Wilson & Honeyboy Hickling|
|April 2nd||The Whiskey Brothers|
|April 9th||The David Moore Blues Band|
All performances free admission unless otherwise stated, admission subject to capacity. Doors open at 7pm.