Alec Henderson Band is an acoustic duo from Greensburg, PA with a classic sound that slinks along in a groovy, easy-going way.
In March of 2016, Alec Henderson and Dane Whatule went to a Pittsburgh recording studio to record Fly Away, their debut album. I’m not kidding when I say I’d pay money to download the song “Fly Away” because it captured me in just one listen– it’s that good.
Inspired by John Lennon, Billy Joel and John Mayer, Alec keeps a pop sound going while not being afraid to mix in some reggae, blues and rock.
As a guitar player inspired by the old blues greats, Alec is also keenly interested in the craft of songwriting.
“Music creates an atmosphere, and the listener chooses to enter that space with you or not,” he says. “My goal is always the same– create an atmosphere that persuades people to stay in that space as long as the music is playing.”
Though he sounds like a seasoned musician who has been playing music for decades, Alec Henderson is only in his early 20s.
Like many before him, Alec counts classic rock favorites like Tom Petty, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix among his guitar heroes. For him, classic rock is the foundation, with blues, jazz, reggae and even Country music adding the texture to his sound.
As a teenager, Alec got his start with a rock cover band in Latrobe, PA that still performs to this day. At the age of 15, however, he became fascinated with jazz after coming across a copy of A Night at the Vanguard by jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell. He liked how artists like Burrell and Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass could make one guitar sound like three– an almost magical sound. From their approach to playing the guitar, Alec borrowed the idea of letting the bass notes ring out while playing freely on the higher strings.
Combining classic rock and jazz influences has helped create a sound with dynamic changes, interesting chord changes, and textures that keep audiences interested. Adding drummer Dane Whatule to form the Alec Henderson Band further serves the purpose of creating clever, catchy music that listeners enjoy. Visit their website for more info.