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.
17th December – The Shufflepack
Stomping, Chicago style blues delivered with attitude
Blues Talkin’ features broadcasting legend Robin Valk
24th December – Blue Christmas with The Nitecrawlers
Join us on the night before Christmas as The Nitecrawlers take us back to the heady atmosphere of the 1960s Rhythm & Blues Clubs
Doors open at the later time of 8pm, band on at 9pm. Tickets £10 – book here
31st December – New Year’s Eve with Tipitina
Start 2020 the right way with our very own Henry’s Hootenanny, featuring the barnstorming boogie-woogie of Tipitina.
Doors open at the later time of 8pm, band on at 9:30pm. Tickets £10 – book here
7th January – The Grey Goose Blues Band
This Black Country based blues group fronted by singer and guitarist Frankie Williams have spent the last eleven years building a reputation as a hard-hitting, Chicago style blues combo intent on blowing their audience into next week.
14th January – Big Jim & The Alabama Boogie Boys
Former Red Lemon Electric Blues Band vocalist and harp player Jim Merris leads this rocking three piece.
21st January – Dirk Diggler’s Blues Revue
Hard-hitting blues band from Newcastle Under Lyme following firmly in the footsteps of ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dr Feelgood. No holds barred, knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out, stone blues.
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
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.