Mike Henderson

Mike Henderson, cofounder of the SteelDrivers, Country songwriter and multi-instrumentalist died September 22, 2023. He was 70 years old. 

Henderson hailed from Independence, Missouri, and it was there that he honed his skills and eventual mastery of guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Dobro, and harmonica.  

Upon moving to Nashville, he joined blues-rock group the Kingsnakes. The band would go on to be signed to Curb Records and Henderson signed a publishing deal with EMI. Henderson had cuts by artists including Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, The Chicks, Randy Travis, and Marty Stuart, and he played on records for artists including Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Tim McGraw, Bob Seger, Blake Shelton, and Sting. 

Ultimately it was his work with reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Chris Stapleton that would put Henderson on the map. Grammy winning song “Broken Halos,” a Stapleton-Henderson co-write was Stapleton’s first No. 1 on the Country airplay chart. Henderson was also nominated for three Grammys with The SteelDrivers from 2009-2011.