Come On In My Kitchen

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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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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  • 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.