August 24, 2023

Former Grant Wood Fellow in Interdisciplinary Performance--Music releases his first album under his name, "One More Night." During his fellowship, Josh Henderson found inspiration from an event in Iowa's past, often referred to as "the day the music died."

On February 2, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson gave their last performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. After their performance, they boarded an airplane that crashed soon after take-off, killing everyone on board.

Henderson visited Clear Lake during his residency and researched the lives of these artists and the events that led up to their demise. He premiered this multi-disciplinary work at the Voxman Music Building on April 4, 2022. The performance included dance, spoken word, and myriad instruments.

The just-released album is a 60-minute (10 track) Chamber Music Story (Inspired by "The Day the Music Died") written by Henderson, and his network of friends who brought the music to life: Caroline Davis (Alto Sax), Sylver Wallace (Vocals), Brendon Randall-Myers (Electric Guitar), Rick Martinez (Drum Set), and The Desdemona Quartet (Caroline Drexler & Adrianne Munden-Dixon - Violins, Erica Gailing - Viola, Julia Henderson - Cello). And Nick Smeraski with the mix, making everything sound Groovy. 

The album is available on Spotify

Learn more about the album and purchase the album by visiting Henderson's website.