Exclusive interview with Henry Black

Henry Black Pickboy endorseeWhat are you working on now?

School is over and I am enjoying a lazy summer. We just played a great House of Blues show and now I am busy writing more music.

Tell us about your musical background?

I started playing the guitar early but didn’t love playing until I was eleven.Something just hit and I it stayed with me.Its almost as if its an extension of me at this point. In the beginning I would pick one artist and immerse myself in their music. I lived and breathed in succession Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn , The Black Keys, John Lee Hooker and many more. A recent obsession is Freddie King. We are so lucky at this age to have access to artists that would have been impossible to find fifteen years ago.

What is the role of education in music?

I was truly disappointed in my musical instruction in Elementary school and in Florida that is where it ended. There was so much structure and little appreciation.I have be blessed with amazing guitar teachers and mentors. I am a better player and musician because of them.

How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?

The Current state of the music industry is so very sad. There are a handful of artists that saturate the airways and very little diversity on the radio .Live performances and ability to play and sing seem to be an afterthought .I have been told on multiple occasions that I could have a more marketable sound if I would just be like….seems everything is pigeonholed with little room for something new.

Why do use Pickboy Picks?

I use Pickboy because they are smaller than traditional picks and give me more control so I can attack the strings better.

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