HENSLEY, DENNIS

Dennis Hensley has had a long and varied career in the music business. His father, Rev. Harley Hensley, was an evangelist and Dennis played lead guitar in his church services as well as on some EPs on Jewel Records in the 1960s. He traveled with and played lead guitar for evangelist Brother Claude Ely (famous for “There Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down”) and played banjo and mandolin with the Bluegrass Flyers and Old North. He played guitar on numerous gospel recording sessions around the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky area, eventually moving into producing and engineering. This led to his founding of Jordan Recording Studio at 5358 Taylor Mill Road in Covington, Kentucky, where he has produced and/or engineered gospel, bluegrass, and country records for more than forty-two years. In the late 1970s, he founded Sagegrass Records, which operated from the same location. Some of the bluegrass artists who have recorded at Jordan Studio over the years are Larry Sparks, Marty Raybon, and Clarence Kelly. His achievements were recognized in 2014 when he was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Music Legends Hall of Fame.

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