Singer, songwriter and author Doc Henderson recently spoke to Rotary Club of Richmond Hill members during their weekly lunch meeting at the Richmond Hill City Center.
Originally from Atlanta, Henderson discovered his passion for music while in medical school in Augusta, and as a self-taught musician, he writes lyrics and music, using a piano and guitar.
He said he was influenced by Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffet, and Leonard Cohen. Another influence was his friend and housemate for over a year, songwriter Billy Roberts, who wrote “Hey, Joe”, which was recorded by Jimi Hendrix.
Henderson’s sound is a mixture of country, rockabilly, and rhythm and blues. As the son of a Baptist minister, he heard gospel music from an early age, and was able to see many performers in person. Early in his career he was able to work with members of the Atlanta Rhythm Section as well as members of the James Brown Band. This allowed him to have a wealth of knowledge of diverse music, which he has channeled into his latest work, an album of 12 songs titled “Hangover Blues.”
The album is available on CDbaby and iTunes.
Henderson is also author of “At Dewitt’s End,” the story of a witty wheelchair-bound doctor, a couple of ineptbut lovable American Indians who kidnap him, a corrupt Western state governor, and some mafio o-style Indians trying the cheat innocent villagers.
The book can be purchased by visiting www.dochendersonmusic.com/store.
“I’m grateful to the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill for having me,” Henderson said. “I always enjoy the opportunity to share my passion of music and writing with others, and this was no exception.”
The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill meets at 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the City Center.
Henderson donated 50 percent of CD sales to the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire.
This nonprofit organization provides support for the surviving spouses and dependents of law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics, who are killed in the line of duty within a 20-county support area. It is based in Savannah.
The organization relies solely on fundraisers, community support and members’ annual dues. To learn more about the Two Hundred Club, visit www.twohundredclub.org.
For more information about Henderson visit www.dochendersonmusic.com or “like” him on Facebook.