Homer Henderson

Live from the City of Hate

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One-man band Henderson rips through a set of eclectic favorites at a watering hole called the Barley House in Dallas, TX. While most one-man bands have a tendency to sound stylistically rough around the edges (i.e., Hasil Adkins, Doctor Ross, Joe Hill Louis) and often exhibit a ragtag quality that grows wearisome on the ears, Henderson's sound is full and rich. His coordination of bass-drum and snare work almost fools you into thinking there's a regular drummer playing a full set, and his scrappy Telecaster guitar work sustains and twangs in all the right spots. Henderson has a marvelous grasp of Jimmy Reed-styled material, and tracks like "Kind of Lonesome," "I'm a King Bee," "I'm the Man Down There," and "Mary Mary" shine brightly as set highlights. But Henderson also rocks hard on "Go Go Go," "Baby You're So Square" (which turns into an obscure medley of Link Wray tunes), and "Cotton Club Revue." But the country comedian in him comes to the fore on his own "Lee Harvey Was a Friend of Mine" and "Pickin' Up Beer Cans on the Highway." A live album that really delivers some excitement, this one's a true hidden treasure.