Rocky Henning

60s-70s HometownWest Palm Beach FL
High SchoolNorthshore
Main InstrumentBass Guitar
Other InstrumentsKeyboard/Slide guitar wannabe
Early InfluencesDave Brubek, James Jamerson, Chuck Rainey, Berry Oakley
Local Bands, Approximate YearsHard Road, Gringo, Ric Steele, Matchbox, Pulse, Jim Hogan, all in the early/mid 70s
Current HometownMelbourne FL
Current OccupationSemi retired/unemployed
Current Musical InvolvementStill playing bass, home recording, working on instrumental CD
Comments, HighlightsLots of good memories of the Palm Beach County music scene. Lot of great players and an equal amount of Grade “A” characters. As a bass player, I was fortunate to be able to work with a group of drummers that included Kenny Robinson, Ric Tucker, Vic Mastrianni, and Harry Johnson. And an equally impressive list of guitarists including Scott Henderson, Ric Glass, Ronnie Wills, Brad Peed, and Jeff Chafin. My first money-making gig was a six month sentence in the Kandy Bar with Hard Road. That came to a screeching halt when Neal’s opened up a few blocks away. But we played there too, and also played way too may other clubs to list here and more hotel gigs than I care to think about. But it was all good, and I learned a lot about music from a lot of good musicians. Hell, working with Harry Johnson alone made it all worth the price of admission. I still smile whenever I hear that name. I left Florida for Austin TX. in the late 70s, and stayed there for many years working in Land Surveying and playing in bands with more good players including songwriters Nigel Russell, Matt Kjeldsen, Julie Burrel and guitarist Mac McNabb.