Over the past few years, there has been a dramatic resurgence in roots music and many musicians have taken up the acoustic lap steel guitar. There are, however, remarkably few solo lap steel guitarists. Richard Henderson is one of those few. As a journeyman of the Toronto music scene, he has developed a characteristic edgy style based on the traditions of the blues, country and rock ’n’ roll; and the result is compelling. Attesting to that, Richard was named Instrumentalist of the Year for 2010 at the Durham Region Music Awards and First Runner Up in The Toronto Blues Society’s 2011 Talent Search. Richard was also invited to showcase at the 2011 International Blues Summit in Toronto, at the 2011 Ontario Council of Folk Festivals in Niagara Falls, and at Ontario Contact in Kitchener in 2013. He has also showcased for Mariposa and Winterfolk Festivals. Maverick, the UK’s leading independent country music magazine, selected one of Richard’s original songs for its covermount CD for the June, 2013 issue.
Recently, Richard has teamed up with long-time friend and percussionist, Rico Stern, on the cajon. The acoustic Hawaiian lap steel guitar and the Peruvian cajon, both unusual instruments, complement each other perfectly. The distinctive slide of the lap steel and the beat of the cajon weave through an eclectic mix of original material with interjections of gospel, country, blues and vintage rock ’n’ roll, captivating discerning and casual audiences alike. The result, while evocative of roots and folk traditions, is transformational: leading to a vibrant reconstruction of roots music.