Henry’s Blueshouse is back! First started in 1968 by Big Bear Records founder Jim Simpson, once again Tuesdays is Bluesdays, with one of the UK’s most legendary blues nights reborn at The Bulls Head
Every week, you can catch top live blues from 8pm in the upstairs room of Brum’s best looking boozer playing host to bands from across the UK and further afield.
Before each week’s gig, join us for Blues Talkin’ at 7pm where we speak to musicians, writers and other interesting folk about what first turned them onto the blues.
And best of all, thanks to those good people at Davenports, it’s free to get in!
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.
3rd March – Bob Wilson & Honeyboy Hickling
Join us for Henry’s 1st Birthday party with our favourite harmonica and guitar duo delivering pure Chicago blues
10th March – The Whiskey Brothers
Stunning Mississippi Juke Joint Blues straight out the Kings Heath Delta.
17th March – The Nitecrawlers
For the first time we’ll be hosting an album launch, as this gritty Black Country R&B band play selections from their debut CD Unlock The Blues
24th March – Diz Watson
A Henry’s debut for the godfather of British New Orleans piano, playing an exuberant mix of barrelhouse, boogie and the blues
31st March – Chickenbone John & Harmonica Dave
The man behind the burgeoning Cigar Box Guitar movement in the UK and Europe.
All performances free admission unless otherwise stated, admission subject to capacity. Doors open at 7pm.
And if you’ve missed a gig, you can catch highlights of it on the Henry’s Blueshouse Youtube playlist:
And you can get your hands on some tasty blues merch from Henry’s Blues Emporium
All our gigs, plus plenty of other fun stuff around the West Midlands, is listed in Ryan’s Gig Guide. Check out their website or pick up a print copy from The Bull’s Head!
The History of Henry’s Blueshouse
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.