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If You Think It’s Hot Here ….

Mike Henderson Band

EllerSoul Records 2015

Review by David Bowling

 

Back in the 1990’s, Mike Henderson and his backing band The Bluebloods released two solid albums of hard edged electric blues. He then veered away from that style, plus worked as a session musician. Now, nearly two decades later he has returned to the blues with the release of If You Think It’s Hot Here.

The album draws on a number of classic blues musicians for material including Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Hound Dog Taylor, and Robert Johnson.

Johnson’s “If I Has Possession (Over Judgment Day)” builds and builds after a simple beginning. Muddy Waters “Mean Red Spider” is given a gritty workout. Taylor’s “Send You Back To Georgia” and “It’s Alright” are modernized electric blues.

Other performances of note include the title track, which is a soulful ballad and the slow blues of “Weepin’ And Moanin’ complete with slide guitar. The album ending instrumental “Rock House Blues” has one of his all to few harp performances.

It’s good to have Mike Henderson back on track playing music at which he is so adept. If You Think It’s Hot Here is an excellent album of modernized traditional blues.

Rating: ***1/2

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