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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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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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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."

Bacon Blues Review  

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.
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  • 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.