Rock & Roll is not what it used to be, but Mrs. Henry is bringing it back. Formed in March, 2012, the band came to be following the union and subsequent break up of two local San Diego rock bands, Dick Justice and The Happy Smoke. Influenced by everything that shuffles, swings or carries a back beat, Mrs. Henry comes from a musical background enriched by roots blues and classic rock music, from Mississippi John Hurt to Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin to The Band. However new the band may be, the four musicians are hardly new to one another. High school was their meeting ground, and for those 4 years these four musicians stuck together on a bound glued by the distaste for the music around them, and a love for sounds of the generations before them( excluding the 80’s, not even Rush got through that one).
After high school, Daniel Cervantes, lead guitarist and singer for the band, attended and graduated Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA getting his B.A. in music, playing bass and guitar in bands in the Los Angeles music scene before starting The Happy Smoke with drummer Dustin Schemensky and bassist Jason Areford. The rhythm section, who reckon themselves a modern day Fleetwood Mac, were already tearing it up in the local SD band Blues and Greens, when they added brother Kyle Areford( we call him Pancakes)on drums, eventually switching to rhythm guitar and back up vocals. With the addition of Kyle came the band’s change of name to Dick Justice, named after the 1920’s blues man following a night of Carlo Rossi and a label maker. A year or so of side by side slogging with both bands brought about their union under one name, Dick Justice and The Happy Smoke at the end of 2011. This line up gigged for about 6 months of non stop, four hour shows on a weekly basis playing original blues and classic rock covers by the likes of Muddy Waters and Neil Young, as well as current bands such as Deer Tick and The Black Keys. Differences in the band lead to its break up on the eve of St. Patricks day, and the following morning the band took the stage to play its first two shows as Mrs. Henry. The rest is in the making.