Independent folk musician Joel Henderson will be playing at Java Express on Oct. 21. The Regina product released his first album last April. Submitted photo
A “Poor Nameless Boy” he is not, but when it comes to his music, Joel Henderson is just that.
“I was searching for an artist name because my family is very into the music scene, and so I wanted something that held me apart from it,” said Henderson. “The name kind of came from my dad and I trying to figure out a name for myself, and him making fun of me, saying 'oh, poor nameless boy.'”
Henderson added that his father was making fun of him because he didn’t have a stage name, but then he said he liked it. Since then it has stuck with him.
Like his son, Henderson’s father performed for many years. Henderson also has uncles who have been in the industry.
Music is all but in the 28-year-old Regina product’s DNA.
Last April, Henderson, released his first album, The Activity Book.
“I did it basically upon the grant I got through Rawlco Radio's 10K20 (project)," said Henderson.
He credits the producer of his album, as well as his four-song EP, for convincing Henderson to record with the producer. From that point, Henderson started to do music professionally.
The album itself is the result of influences from a lot of places, but Henderson described it as primarily independent folk in genre.
“It's an indie-pop-folk with a little bit of soul to it. It's really raw, very lyrical and very melodic,” said Henderson. “I focus a lot on the melody and the lyrics, which allows the vocals to take a lead point.”
While he noted his personal aim of the album was to be proud of the songs with rich, defining sounds, he admitted that from a business perspective he hoped “certain ears would get to listen to it.”
Those ears have listened and Henderson is in the midst of a small tour that is visiting municipalities in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
He will be playing some of his music at Java Express on Oct. 21.
One of the songs Henderson will play for those in attendance is Backyard Lemon Tree, which is his favourite song on his maiden album.
“It's my favourite just because it's hooky, it's sweet, it's fun to play and it's about a close personal friend of mine who went and found love in California and convinced her to come back to Saskatchewan,” noted Henderson.
That song is one example of why Henderson believes music is an art. More specifically, he believes music is an art first and a business second.
“If you want to retain art, you have to ignore all the strivings for fame and fortune, and all of those things that come with it,” Henderson said. “You have to just appreciate the art for what it is.”
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks.