I had the chance yesterday to speak with Mike Henderson, founding member of The Steeldrivers, who recently announced his plans to leave the group.
In his December 8 message to fans, details were sparse. But Mike tells us that there isn’t much to his decision but the familiar wandering spirit of the artist/musician.
“I’ve been doing this for 6 years now, and it’s just time for me to move on and do something different.
The band is getting ready to make a new record, and I didn’t want to play all over it and then not be there to support the record.”
Henderson said that when you count pre-production, recording, mixing and then touring in support, a new album is really a 3 year commitment. Having been on hand to see the impact of fellow-founder Chris Stapleton’s departure just before the release of the band’s second project, Mike wanted to spare the band that situation yet again.
He also wanted to express his appreciation for the kindness of the many folks who love The Steeldrivers’ music.
“Just want to say to everybody, fans, friends supporters… all my grateful thanks. We played some great music in some wonderful places, and it was wonderful getting the opportunity to get to meet so many fine people.
I have no concrete plans for the future at this point. Let the holidays pass and all the dust settle… you usually know when something is right, and I just haven’t really decided what to do.
The band will go on in one direction, and I’ll go on in another. We’ll see what the future brings”
And so we shall.