Come On In My Kitchen

The long awaited CD 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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Great time with Billy Gibbons 

 

‘Skyville Live’ Assembles Ace Guitarists Billy Gibbons, Orianthi, Frankie Ballard, Mike Henderson

There was an ax to grind at Skyville Live Tuesday night — many of them. 

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, country singer Frankie Ballard, famed rock guitarist Orianthi, soulful blues singer ZZ Ward and celebrated guitarist and songwriter Mike Henderson joined to turn the venue’s online music series into a guitarathon for the night. 

Ballard, who gave Gibbons an amplifier emblazoned with the outline of Texas, said he had so much fun jamming during rehearsal that he’d already had a “great time.” 

“Everything after rehearsal is a bonus,” Ballard said. “Billy is one of my guitar heroes. I owe him a lot. He was like the older brother you have on the radio introducing you to all the music he loved. Guys like that got me turned on to the blues … he’s always been a big inspiration.” 

Gibbons kicked off the night with a set including songs from his debut solo album “Perfectamundo.” Short sets from Ward, Ballard, Henderson and Orianthi followed before the night’s players got back on stage to jam on a ZZ Top classic. 

Before the show, Gibbons said he was looking forward to the performance but admitted he didn’t know what he was getting into when he agreed to play. 

“The more I started digesting what had been assembled here, it started to sound really interesting,” Gibbons said. “The guys that are occupying the positions in (the backing band) are (really talented). I thought, ‘I’ve got the time off.’ I didn’t have a clue how professional this was. They have turned this thing into a living, breathing entity. It’s a good thing.”

Mike & Chris Stapleton's Songwriting Sessions 

"Stapleton began spending his Thursday evenings writing songs with Mike Henderson. “I’d take him over there every Thursday night and drop him off, so he could have his adult beverages while they worked,” says Morgane Stapleton, Chris’ wife and harmony partner. “Mike and Chris had a standing appointment for three or four years. They were a great team.” The guys spent those evenings building up a catalog of murder ballads and bluegrass-influenced tunes.  


Read the full interview with Chris Stapleton in American Songwriting Magazine

Check Blind Joe on the Voice singing "If It Hadn't Been For Love" 

Blind Joe on "The Voice" tonight chose "If It Hadn't Been For Love" as his audition song.  This was written by myself and buddy, Chris Stapleton.  We're so pleased Blind Joe chose our song.   He did a great job and its great he chose Blake Shelton's team.  I had the pleasure of playing on Blake's last album, "Bringing Back the Sunshine".  What an honor Blake asked me to participate. 



Good Luck Blind Joe!





Check out Adele's cut of the same song "If It Hadn't Been For Love". 

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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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.

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  • Bernardo

    Bernardo Barcelona

    Hi Mike!! I wanted to tell you you're a big !! I have a question for years ... In what tone you play harmonica on "Pyroman" Mark Knopfler on tour Sailing to Philadelphia ?? .... I was in Badalona, when there was that sound and lights blackout and you seguíais you playing as if nothing was wrong ... you are a phenomenon !!! Thank you very much and a big hug !!! bzambudio@gmail.com

    Hi Mike!! I wanted to tell you you're a big !!
    I have a question for years ... In what tone you play harmonica on "Pyroman" Mark Knopfler on tour Sailing to Philadelphia ?? .... I was in Badalona, when there was that sound and lights blackout and you seguíais you playing as if nothing was wrong ... you are a phenomenon !!! Thank you very much and a big hug !!!
    bzambudio@gmail.com

  • John T

    John T Central PA

    Waited a long time to catch Mike live and finally did in Nashville at the Bluebird in Feb. Front row at a great show. And what made it special was that I was able to be there with my son and his girlfriend who are now both Mike Henderson fans. Great to see Pat on drums again after not seeing him since 1991 with the Belairs (in Lawrence, KS).

    Waited a long time to catch Mike live and finally did in Nashville at the Bluebird in Feb. Front row at a great show. And what made it special was that I was able to be there with my son and his girlfriend who are now both Mike Henderson fans. Great to see Pat on drums again after not seeing him since 1991 with the Belairs (in Lawrence, KS).

  • Don

    Don East Coast Canada

    Been patiently waiting for this CD - thanks Mike - it's fantastic! Now you live on guitar.....

    Been patiently waiting for this CD - thanks Mike - it's fantastic!
    Now you live on guitar.....

  • 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?