What Ever Happened
Born and raised in Sacramento California, Joel Ray Hensley's childhood home was awash in music. Most of it blues of the middle of the road American variety. BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn and of course Eric Clapton. At 12 years of age, the guitar made it's first call to JRH in a classical guise. Organized lessons taught him the basics, but the blinding flash of what would become his bluesman career didn't come until a few years later. And it struck with a white hot fury. Now he was to be a bluesman. Self taught from the day he picked up an electric guitar, Joel Ray starting pouring through the material of his blues heroes only to discover the gritty layer beneath these modern musical giants. There he found the roots of everything that made his creative blood boil. The smooth lyrical style of Muddy Waters. The showmanship and professionalism of the giant behemoth of a man, Howlin' Wolf. And the direct tonal tie between Stevie Ray and Stevie's own mentor, Albert King. He saw in these players, the tools they used to express the basics of the blues. He heard the connections between the plowshares and the calls of the Southern field workers and the modern electric expression of emerging blues artists. Joel Ray Hensley's professional career has been varied in scope but one thing has always been crystal clear. Life is the blues and music is the vehicle that allows us to walk in another man's shoes, . . feel his pain, . . rejoice in his joy, . . or glow in the light that is redemption. And it's that music that Joel Ray Hensley strives to bring to a listening audience every day.