Rayford Henderson, Sr.
Just Thumbin' It
Edward R. Henderson, Sr. (a.k.a.
Rayford Henderson) was born in the year 1943 on Lookout
Mountain near the Lickskillet community in DeKalb County,
Alabama. He was influenced by music at a very young age.
Being the youngest of eight sibling, two
When Rayford was growing up there was no
one in his community qualified to give professional
guitar lessons. Rayford could only hunt for guitar chords
by watching others play. He never had a chord book, but
every time someone new came into his community that could
play a guitar, his oldest brother Bill would make sure
Rayford got to meet those people to see if he could pick
up more knowledge about playing the guitar. One
particular meeting that Rayford kindly recalls was that
of a friend and cousin of the family, both of which
played the thump picking style of music that
he loved. A few of the people that really encouraged and
motivated Rayford in his guitar playing are: His entire
family, Jack Rush (Brother-in-law), Buck Guyton (Family
friend who played with a straight pick), Grady Guyton
(Family friend who played with all fingers), Buddy
Carrison (Cousin who played thump style), and
Kenneth Wilbanks (Family friend).
By far, Chet Atkins is Rayfords favorite guitar picker. The songs on Rayfords first CD were not recorded to accentuate the thump style picking as much as Chets, or that of Meryl Travis, nor where any classical chords used like Chet sometimes used. To obtain the best sound from this CD buyers may want to adjust the Bass setting on their audio equipment a little higher than usual. We hope you enjoy listening to some of Rayfords favorite songs, performed by Rayford on the guitar with additional instruments added by Mike Headrick of Mikron Recording Studios of Jasper, TN.
To hear samples of the songs on the CD, simply left-click the "Song Sample" button beside the song title, a "File Download" dialog box should appear, choose Save, a "Save As" dialog box should then appear, navigate to your Desktop, choose Save, and once the download is complete, choose Open. Your default music player should then open and play the song sample file.
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