Come On In My Kitchen

The long awaited CD newly released on Ellersoul Records.

"If You Think Its Hot Here.." 
by The Mike Henderson Band
        
 
"Mike Henderson's ability to play the blues seems endless and so inspired on these new recordings! It was a true honor to share the stage with him this past summer at Red Rocks playing the music of Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf.  My only regret is I didn't ask him to sing one....!! 
~Joe Bonamassa

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REVIEW -Music CIty Roots 

Franklin Five-O – MCR 7.22.15

Posted by Craig Havighurst
Nashville veteran Mike Henderson shocked everyone to attention with loud and lusty guitar, ripping off three choruses of 12-bar blues before singing “Weepin’ and Moanin’.” One might be forgiven for seeing Nashville as just too genteel a place, too calculated in its musical designs, to produce blues singers who truly evoke the Mississippi mud. But Mike, who’s earned his artistic freedom with hit songs for Trisha Yearwood and The Dixie Chicks, could cut with the best of them in Clarksdale or Chicago or Memphis. His cathedral-large guitar tone is as rich as any we’ve heard – a combo of vintage gear, a heavy picking hand and a guitar tuned down two steps. When he goes low, it’s low. He played mostly fretted solos, but his slide is always on his left finger, ready to carve off a slice or two at any moment. On his set closer “If You Think It’s Hot Here,” the title track off his new album, he broke traditional blues form and leaned more on a pop/rock melody that was enhanced by a intense slide solo. We must salute Kevin McKendree’s keyboard playing, which got especially nuanced on the quieter stretches of “Unseen Eye.” And the rhythm section of Michael Rhodes on bass and drummer Pat O’Connor offered a clinic in time, taste and combustion.

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OLD MASTERS 7.22.15

Posted July 19, 2015 by

...Our other old master HAS played MCR before but in his role as bandleader and songwriter for the first generation of the Steeldrivers. There, Mike Henderson played mandolin and some dobro and was in every way awesome. But pare him down to his primal essence and he’s a blues man and a guitar player as real and gritty as they come. He’s a native of Missouri who came to town in 1985 with a Blind Pig Records release under his belt. Over time, he made the most of Music City’s diversity, becoming a widely respected and wide-ranging musician. He wrote songs for rock and country stars and played his guitar in all kinds of live and studio settings, including a world tour in the band of Mark Knopfler. He helped found Dead Reckoning Records, an early exemplar of today’s wave of indie music companies and deep roots artistry. And while he’s not still involved with the Steeldrivers, that experiment kickstarted one of the most inspiring and exciting bluegrass-meets-soul bands going. Meanwhile and all along, Mike held down the stage at the Bluebird Café on Monday nights. Famous for its hushed reverence for songcraft, the Mike Henderson Band gave the Bird its deep south crossroads credibility with tightly wound, always melodic and rocking blues. He’s made several fine albums of his own music, but the new disc If You Think It’s Hot Here is just explosively great. His guitar tone and his bold voice are like mighty oak trees, planted deep in the Earth, spreading a pleasant shade.

Mike Henderson marks 25 years of blues at Bluebird Cafe 

Mike Henderson has been playing blues music at the Bluebird Café nearly every Monday night for the last 25 years, but his next show is extra special: he and his eponymous band are celebrating the release of their new album, “If You Think It’s Hot Here…”

It’s Henderson’s first blues album since 1999’s “Thicker Than Water.” He’s spent the last 15 years involved in a number of different endeavors, including founding bluegrass band The SteelDrivers and touring with Mark Knopfler, but has always managed to find his way back to the blues.

Suncoast Blues Review 

Three time Grammy nominee recorded with some of the most prominent talents....MIke is back with trademark Henderson sound.  Mike's big, boomy guitar and solid vocals are complemented perfectly with Kevin McKendree's piano...Michael Rhodes bass lines and Pat O'Connor's drumming driving like a steam engine...Mike's guitar smolders on the low-down and dirty...Mike Henderson's fnas will be thrilled to finally have a new album...and will gain him lots of new devotees. 
Suncoast Blues

Ricky Flake: Blues-rock and more: Biloxi Sun-Herald 

'If You Think It's Hot Here,' Mike Henderson Band (EllerSoul Records, HHHH½)

This CD has been out since March 24, but it arrived in early April at my place. Mike Henderson (lead vocals, guitar and harmonica), Kevin McKendree (excellent piano and B-3), Michael Rhodes (bass) and Pat O'Connor (drums) recorded the album with a few special guests (guitarist Don Underwood and background vocalists Chris Stapleton and Morgane Stapleton) at Franklin, Tenn.'s The Rock House.

A rip-roaring version of Carl Perkins' "Matchbox," a "Memphis"-flavored cover of "Send You Back to Georgia," the gospel-tinged title song, a powerful take on Muddy's "Mean Red Spider" and a positively nifty closing instrumental called "Rock House Blues" are my current favorites; but nearly every song has something to recommend it.

Blues and rockin' piano fans will dig this album.

Twelve Bar Rag - Suncoast Blues Society 

The three-time Grammy nominee has recorded with some of the most prominent talents in Blues, Country and Rock and played on Mark Knopfler’s world tour in 2000 – 2001. While Henderson is most know for his song writing and guitar work, he backed Joe Bonamassa on harp for his upcoming concert DVD Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks. Now after a period of too many years Mike is back with his own album and If You Think It’s Hot Here...burns with trademark Henderson sound.
 
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Listen to Mike on Sirius Radio- Outlaw Country's Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale's Radio Show 

Beginning May 2nd, Mike is interviewed on The Buddy & Jim Show w/Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale Saturdays 10 pm ET
Rebroadcasts Sundays 10 am ET, Mondays 2 am & 2 pm ET, Wednesdays 12 am & 10 pm ET
Longtime friends and collaborators Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale co-host a two-hour weekly Americana journey originating from Miller’s home studio in Nashville, TN, and featuring exclusive interviews and performances from American roots artists each week.

Tune in this week to hear our visit with Mike Henderson! He's so great!
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  • Katsuyuki "HARPMAN" Sakata

    Katsuyuki "HARPMAN" Sakata Japan

    I enjoy your new CD. Nice slide & harp playing !
    I enjoy your new CD.
    Nice slide & harp playing !
  • Alan

    Alan Kent England

    Wow what a great CD ! I echo Terrys comments come on over so we can here you live . but what ever happens you thanks for the sounds BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!
    Wow what a great CD ! I echo Terrys comments come on over so we can here you live . but what ever happens you thanks for the sounds BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!
  • Terry bennion

    Terry bennion England

    Come back to England Mike ....seen you countless times at the BB ,and with Messrs Welch,Kaplan,Kieran Kane etc .My favourite loud ,I mean live band on a Monday night ?
    Come back to England Mike ....seen you countless times at the BB ,and with Messrs Welch,Kaplan,Kieran Kane etc .My favourite loud ,I mean live band on a Monday night ?
  • John Subik

    John Subik Menifee, CA

    Looking forward to the new release as well, been a huge fan since I saw you once on ACL backing Kevin Welch. Your sound & tone just grabbed me and I was hooked. Have all your CD's since. Keep on keepin' on!
    Looking forward to the new release as well, been a huge fan since I saw you once on ACL backing Kevin Welch. Your sound & tone just grabbed me and I was hooked. Have all your CD's since.
    Keep on keepin' on!
  • mark womble

    mark womble Southlake, Texas

    First got turned on to Henderson and that nasty silvertone sound with the Snakes...it was a YIPES for me....favorite blues artist for me was/is Little Walter Jacobs so hearing Mike with that Lousiana saxophone made it even better...had to get everything by him ...took a while to pick up the Bel Aires LP which is only on vinyl on Blind Pig...worth the search...an original and one of the best for sure ! Glad he is back doing the bluz ! MW
    First got turned on to Henderson and that nasty silvertone sound with the Snakes...it was a YIPES for me....favorite blues artist for me was/is Little Walter Jacobs so hearing Mike with that Lousiana saxophone made it even better...had to get everything by him ...took a while to pick up the Bel Aires LP which is only on vinyl on Blind Pig...worth the search...an original and one of the best for sure ! Glad he is back doing the bluz ! MW
  • Wailin' Al Walker

    Wailin' Al Walker Vancouver, Canada

    Mike, Congratulations on the new CD! Fantastic grooves and an excellent choice of material. Always a step above the rest! Great to be able to download your previous albums here as well. My old CD's were about worn out!
    Mike,
    Congratulations on the new CD!
    Fantastic grooves and an excellent choice of material. Always a step above the rest!

    Great to be able to download your previous albums here as well. My old CD's were about worn out!
  • Jonas

    Jonas Sweden

    I am so pleased you are showing all young dudes how to play the real blues again....you have been missed since those awesome "Blueblood" CDs! When purchasing the downloaded version, which formats will be offered?
    I am so pleased you are showing all young dudes how to play the real blues again....you have been missed since those awesome "Blueblood" CDs!
    When purchasing the downloaded version, which formats will be offered?
  • Robin

    Robin

    Are you still beating that dead horse, Michael? You should know by now that you will never learn to play that thing. Seriously, it's great to hear you have put that noise you make on a new CD. I look forward to hearing it. And, to any of you out there who have never been fortunate enough to hear Mike Henderson in concert, do yourself a favor and go see him perform live. You won't regret it.
    Are you still beating that dead horse, Michael? You should know by now that you will never learn to play that thing. Seriously, it's great to hear you have put that noise you make on a new CD. I look forward to hearing it. And, to any of you out there who have never been fortunate enough to hear Mike Henderson in concert, do yourself a favor and go see him perform live. You won't regret it.
  • David Haggard

    David Haggard KCMO

    Mike, looking forward to your new release. I have been wondering what you have been doing since the Steeldrivers.
    Mike, looking forward to your new release. I have been wondering what you have been doing since the Steeldrivers.
  • Brennan Graves

    Brennan Graves Ky

    Can't wait to get my copy of the new Mike Henderson release! I know it will be an instant classic and favorite because he is the best. #1 in my book. Thank you Mike for all the great music through the years.
    Can't wait to get my copy of the new Mike Henderson release! I know it will be an instant classic and favorite because he is the best. #1 in my book. Thank you Mike for all the great music through the years.