Richard Henderson


“I am an acoustic lap steel guitarist whose characteristic edgy style is based on the traditions of the blues, country and rock and roll.”

Richard’s performances on the acoustic lap steel guitar give a unique perspective on the continuing evolution of acoustic roots music. The distinctive slide of the lap steel weaving through an eclectic mix of blues, roots, and vintage rock and roll is an unusual musical twist that audiences really enjoy. The result, while evocative of blues and folk traditions, is transformational: leading to a vibrant reconsideration of roots music.

Richard’s band, The Wanted, reconstructs an eclectic mix of vintage and original songs infused with a spirit that is darkly haunting, incisively witty, or just plain fun. The result is full-throated, full-throttle entertainment with edgy licks and infectious rhythms, combining soaring harmonies and traditional instrumentation with unique elements such as washboard, bodhran, and lap steel guitar.

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