Here are some excerpts from media and press coverage of “Seventh Day” from Europe and North America:
From the UK:
“On the cutting edge of country and blues!”
— Maverick Magazine
Richard Henderson SEVENTH DAY: ACOUSTIC LAP STEEL GUITAR Self-released ****
Veteran Canadian guitarist Henderson has been spearheading the acoustic lap steel for several years now and unlike most players, he doesn’t use any other instruments or accompaniment, both at his live gigs and on this excellent album. So what you have is mainly his inventive use of sliding steel on guitar strings behind his own vocals with additional backing vocals courtesy of Jeff Rogers, Natalie Rogers and Suzie Vinnick. The songs are mainly blues classics from the likes of Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Fred McDowell. There’s also a neat rendition of Hank Williams’ Honky Tonk Blues and some Henderson originals including Judgment Day, with Jeff Rogers adding some mandolin and Natalie Rogers on bodhran and Seventh Day, featuring Carlos del Junco’s harmonica.
From The Netherlands:
“Richard Henderson treats the listener to a wonderful musical experience on this solo acoustic album.”
— AltCountryForum (Translated from Dutch)
Every year, I find a CD in my year end list that I overlooked for some reason and I think, wow, this one’s a beauty. A good example is the CD “Seventh Day” by Canadian steel guitar virtuoso Richard Henderson, a CD that was released at the beginning of the year but I entirely missed. With the acoustic steel guitar flat on his lap and his tonebar gliding over the strings, Richard produces exceptional results. The notes fly to your ears on his solo debut album. Richard’s vocals are edgy: sometimes grinding and raw, sometimes poignant and emotional. Intense blues covers such as Bo Didley’s Who Do You Love, I’m A King Bee by Slim Harpo, and Prodigal Son by Robert Wilkins are interspersed with some excellent original songs. Besides Henderson’s sultry vocals and solid lap steel playing, the album contains only minimal musical ornamentation with the occasional washboard, mandolin or ripping harp. “Seventh Day” is a very organic, minimally produced recording and Henderson keeps my attention with sophisticated arrangements and clever rhythm changes. Richard Henderson treats the listener to a wonderful musical experience on this solo acoustic album.
“Richard Henderson’s performance on lap steel is masterful”!
Richard Henderson…Pure Class!”
— Rootsville, Blues and Roots On The Internet, (excerpted and translated from Dutch)
“Richard Henderson’s masterful use of the acoustic lap steel guitar leads to fascinating and compelling results. Richard Henderson…Pure Class!”
“Altogether a fine acoustic disc and one well worth acquiring”.
— MapleBlues Magazine
“Congratulations on a fine recording. I wish you all the best with it.”
— Holger Petersen, President, Stony Plain Records and host of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues
“You guys are great!”
— Spearhead Brewery, Kingston
“You guys were absolutely fantastic – from the comments I heard, I think you were the crowd favourite of the weekend.”
— Kawartha Craft Beer Festival, Peterborough
From the United States:
“This is an enjoyable album, performed with fine musicianship and good taste.”
— Bruce Iglauer, founder and head of Alligator Records