Singing the Blues: The Legendary Henry Butler on Art and Ability

A blind musician plays to packed houses

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Takeaway talks with legendary bluesman Henry Butler. Butler has been blind since birth but that hasn't stopped him from playing to packed houses or from taking up a new craft: photography. Also joining the conversation on art and ability is Charlie Washburn, the Executive Director of VSA Arts of Massachusetts, an organization dedicated to including everyone in the arts.

Watch Henry Butler perform "High Heeled Sneakers" in the video below.


Henry Butler and Charlie Washburn

Hosted by:

Farai Chideya


Noel King and Chelsea Merz

Comments [11]

charles johnson

Henry Butler's blues artistry is legendary and beautiful.

Mar. 05 2012 08:30 AM
Mary Budzinski

Best blues I have ever heard!

Mar. 04 2012 03:59 PM
Susan Ferrarini

Henry Butler truly has a gift it is inspirational to listen to someone who uses their talent to create such beauty.

Jan. 23 2010 06:28 PM
Patty Potter

Just demonstrates how many wonderful facets there are for all people to enjoy in life.

Dec. 11 2009 06:51 PM

An integration of so many feelings...

Dec. 11 2009 06:30 PM
molly y

Experiencing Mr. Butler's music was integration of many feelings.

Dec. 11 2009 06:29 PM
Barbara Starks

The music was wonderful. The richness of Mr. Butler's voice was magical. It was,however, the description of the other pieces of the performance in combination with Mr. Butler that made this podcast so intriguing.

Dec. 09 2009 10:49 AM
Sandy Pellegrini

The Music by Hery Butler Gave me goosebumps. The thought of someone overcoming their disability is heroic and inspiring. Sandy pellegrini

Dec. 09 2009 10:33 AM
Evelyn C.

Wonderful to hear Henry Butler. Wish the site had some of his photography. I loved his comment re: if 12 people describe his photos he gets 13 descriptions. Check out John and Henry's first interview:

May. 28 2009 12:22 AM

Whatever Henry lost in his eyesight went to his heart and hands! TERRIFIC!

May. 27 2009 12:48 PM
mike r.

Simply a great story - dugg it - hopefully it goes viral like susan boyle. cus this is better.

May. 27 2009 10:43 AM

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