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The long awaited CD will be released on Ellersoul Records, March 24, 2015!!

"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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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Thursday, April 16, 2015 

"Mike Henderson has had a long career mixing work as a Nashville session guitarist with solo projects ranging from blues to bluegrass. After taking time off to raise a family, he's back with a vengeance on If You Think It's Hot Here . . . (EllerSoul ***1/2).
With a big assist from producer Kevin McKendree on piano and organ, Henderson rips through blues numbers by Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Hound Dog Taylor, among others, with fierce intensity and shows he's as dynamic a singer as he is a player. The four originals, especially the change-of-pace title song, a smoldering soul/gospel ballad, make you wish Henderson had written more himself."

Review from Bacon Blues at Baconrock.com 

Back in the day's of the legendary Coyote Club in Wichita Kansas, I stumbled upon the Belairs. There was a man on guitar from Missouri named Mike Henderson who caught my attention. Henderson would move on to Nashville and during the next 30 + years became a three time Grammy nominee and multi-platinum songwriter and musician for a long list of artists; Mark Knopfler, Albert King, Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Lang, Guy Clark, John Hiatt, Sting, Martina McBride to name just a few. His records have included Americana, Blues and Bluegrass (critically acclaimed bluegrass band, The SteelDrivers). He stopped playing for a period to raise a family & songwriting. Kids grew up and now, Henderson has returned a new band and a new CD, "If You Think It's Hot Here...", which has quickly become my favorite album of the year! If you like your Blues flavored with superb slide guitar, Mighty fine keyboards, laid back harp and slow drawl of vocals, then you will fall in love with album as I have. I have chosen to not review each tune but ask you to get it for yourself, spend some time smiling and foot tapping, listening.
~Randy Crump, Host of Bacon Blues on Baconrock.com.

Blues Magazine review 

Mike Henderson lives like never before. With his band he has with "If You Think It's Hot Here" delivered a brilliant album.  As if to say "record stores perish, but Mike Henderson remains." I will keep following him now.
~Gerrit Schinkel, Blues Magazine

Watch Mike with Joe Bonamassa at Red Rocks! 

Check out your local NPT schedule this week to catch Mike playing harp with Joe Bonamassa's show at Red Rocks honoring Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters.  Part of Joe's band is also Michael Rhodes, bass player in the Mike Henderson Band and Reese Wynans on keys, a frequent band guest and long time pal.  Fabulous show!

Joe Bonamassa: Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks
 Guitar Hero Joe Bonamassa performs an exclusive event concert experience at Red Rocks Amphitheater celebrating the music of blues legends Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Beginning just before sundown, the concert highlights the natural beauty of the amphitheater and focuses primarily on the catalogs of Howlin' Wolf, one of the most influential Chicago bluesmen of all time, known for his deep, scratchy voice, and Muddy Waters, considered the "father of modern Chicago blues" and a major inspiration for the British blues explosion of the 1960s, a genre that Bonamassa grew up with and that influences his own music to this day. A full performance will be dedicated to a selection of songs from each artist, starting with a tribute to Muddy Waters, dressing in formal Blues white as Muddy used to and showcasing archival footage of Muddy in this first section. The following segments are a tribute to Howlin' Wolf and then a set of songs from Bonamassa's own extensive catalog with three new songs from his new album, Different Shades of Blue.

Bobby Keys and Me 

Bobby Keys, Greg Wetzel & Me
 


I first met Bobby shortly after he moved to town.  It was a pick up gig with Bobby Bradford.  I remember Willie Weeks was on the bass and I don't remember who else.  Bobby played the hell out of "Honky Tonk" and brought down the house.  After that I used to run into him all over town - he loved to jam.  He "needed" to play like most good players.  All the practicing by yourself in the world isn't worth a damn if you don't have a good sense of bandmanship and Bobby was eat up with that,  When to play, what to play, and what to not play, he knew, and that's why he was always welcome everywhere. Music brought him joy and it was contagious.  I can't remember a bad night when Bobby was on the bandstand.  What a fine gentleman. 

I never heard Bobby mention the Rolling Stones except one time.  It was another pick up gig of all places the Station Inn, a bluegrass venue that's older than dirt.  Someone had told this not-so-young lady that Bobby played with a famous band, and she walked up and stood by the side of the stage.  When the song was over she asked rather loudly, "What band to do you play with?".  Mr Keys politely replied, "the Rolling Stones".  She said "Who?", "the Rolling Stones ma'am", "I don't know who that is" she said and went back to her seat.  Bobby gave me a world-weary smile and stuck his horn back in his mouth.  She must have thought he played with somebody really famous like the Monkees or the Captain and Tennille.

Me and some other guys had a regular gig for about six months at a little joint down on the Rock Block, close to the college and that's where this picture was taken.  It was loose and fun and we had lots of friends come down and sit in.  Bobby used to show up quite a bit and play his butt off but he never would take any money. I guess he didn't need any or thought we needed it more.  One time he tried to pay me and Doug Cook something like 50 bucks apiece to help him set up his new stereo.  I snuck it in the refrigerator when he wasn't looking.  It was only fair. 

So long Mr. Bobby.  Our loss is Heaven's gain.



Check out the Rolling Stone magazine article              about the late, great Bobby Keys

 

Mike on Skyville Live with Gladys Knight and Martina McBride 

Originally airing on January 14, 2015 at Skyvillelive.com, a live performance aired from Nashville starring Gladys Knight, Martina McBride, pop/r&b star Estelle and Mike helping out.  It is a first, exclusive event of its kind produced by Skyville Records.  It is a new internet, entertainment concept that will be airing monthly.  Check it out.  It looks and sounds fabulous!
The formula for “Skyville Live” is this: take a mix of iconic acts, popular artists and emerging stars, put them in a casual setting of about 100 people, then allow people everywhere free access. Viewers can choose their own camera views and interact with the artists via social media during the show – such as tweeting questions and comments at #SkyvilleLive. The show’s Twitter handle is @skyvillelive.
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  • 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.