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.

Upcoming Gigs

28th January – The Blues Against Youth

Hailing from Rome, The Blues Against Youth is a one-man band project led by Gianni TBAY who performs vocals, guitar, bass drum, hi-hat and whistle simultaneously.

4th February – The 58s Blues Band

Classic, hard edged Chicago blues filtered through the influence of the 1960s British blues boom.

11th February Kent DuChaine

Legendary delta bluesman from Wayzata, Minnesotta makes his return to Henry’s

18th February – The James O’Hara Blues Band

Old school blues with a modern twist from a veteran British singer and guitarist

25th February The Beki Brindle Band

New York Blues Hall of Famer playing classic and original blues with stylings that stretch from Chicago to The Mississippi Delta

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 MarchThe Whiskey Brothers

Stunning Mississippi Juke Joint Blues delivered direct from the Kings Heath Delta.

17th March – The Nitecrawlers

The gritty sound of the rhythm & blues clubs of the 1960s, recreatign the sheer enjoyment of the scene where it all began

24th March Diz Watson

A Henry’s debut for the godfather of British boogie woogie piano

All performances free admission unless otherwise stated, admission subject to capacity. Doors open at 7pm.

For updates on happenings at Henry’s, and more fun blues stuff, be sure to join our mailing list and head to the Henry’s Blueshouse Facebook page

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.

Black Sabbath, with Ozzy Osbourne sporting a Henry’s T-shirt

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.