I love to hear the guitar, electric or acoustic.
GOM: What was the one thing that turned you on to music?
Debbie Henning(debmo): Actually, I started on a ukulele when I was 7. I remember that it cost seven S&H; Green Stamp books, and I treasured it.
GOM: How about early gigs?
Debbie Henning(debmo): You might say that led to my first band; five of us neighborhood kids all jammin’ out on ukuleles.
GOM: So, at about what age did you pick up the guitar?
Debbie Henning(debmo): I taught myself to play guitar by sneaking to play my older brother’s Silvertone when I was 8. Mom caught me a few times, but never told. So that was cool, we had a secret from him, and she said,”…he’ll kill the both of us …should anything happen to that thing…”
GOM: When did you get your first gitfiddle?
Debbie Henning(debmo): I was 14 and losing interest in school. My dad proposed that I bring up my grades and he would get me a 12-string. I did and he did! It became my only guitar for the next eight years.
GOM: I noticed you are a member of a singer/songwriters guild of sorts…when did you write your first real song?
Debbie Henning(debmo): Not until I was 30. A local radio station said they would play my tunes only if they were original. So I wrote a song about trying to get on their show and it worked!. Written Sunday, recorded Tuesday and on the air Sunday!
GOM: You mentioned something, earlier about the devotion of true fans?
Debbie Henning(debmo): Oh you know it…I was getting ready to leave for a gig and the telephone rang…it seems that this bar in a town near where I live closed up so that everybody could come to see me play in an entirely different town…Now that’s cool…
GOM: Is your Family as supportive?
Debbie Henning(debmo): Yeah…but, my parents still wish I’d get a REAL job!
GOM: You are known for the content of your songs, lyrically. What would you say, is your most powerful song?
Debbie Henning(debmo): Ash Tuesday”! It has proved to be a powerful tool in the area of fire prevention. Countless people have told me they hear my song in their head and have quit throwing out lit cigarettes. That’s got to amount to at least one saved home!
GOM: Why do people call you Debmo?
Debbie Henning(debmo): Two reasons. The first is I am Deb from Mo (St. Charles, MO). The second is I’ve spent many a late night trying to figure out some Keb Mo’.
GOM: What do you want to be when you grow up…LOL?
Debbie Henning(debmo): An old blues player on the corner…just chillin’.
GOM: Why do you make the music you do?
Debbie Henning(debmo): After giving that some serious thought, I have the answer for you…so I can hear it! Why else?
A lifelong and True respect for her craft. Inspirational lyrics. Intelligent melodic Structures and a voice that sends a shiver directly up the center of your back and makes the hairs stand up on the scruff of your neck…A woman singing the blues…a style that should come natural to them with the various heartaches and pitfalls that happen in life…and this lady can sing the blues…