Bluegrass meets Soul on The SteelDrivers’ upcoming February release ‘Hammer Down’
Nashville, Tennessee is a nexus – a point where tradition and innovation intersect, where commerce collides with art. It may be the only town where salaried songwriters and full-time session musicians are as common as accountants and schoolteachers. Music is the product, and the factories line the street, from the swank Music Row mini-high-rises to the low-slung Sylvan Park bungalows.
Only Nashville could give birth to a band like The SteelDrivers. They’re a group of seasoned veterans – each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. In doing so, they’re braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create their signature sound. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as simply “an incredible combination.”
The SteelDrivers are back! The three-time Grammy-nominated bluegrass meets soul band has threaded the roots of bluegrass music with the distinctive threads of their own design, bringing together country and soul to create their own unapologetic hybrid of new music with the old feeling. Hammer Down, their third release on Rounder Records, is set for release February 5, 2013.
The SteelDrivers’ brand of bluegrass – intense, dark, poetic, and inescapably human – is a refreshing reminder of the timeless power of string band music, and is captured perfectly on the new Hammer Down. The band has gone through a few changes since they first hit the national scene in 2008 with their self-titled debut, but their songs and sound remain fresh and powerful.
The SteelDrivers are banjo player Richard Bailey, bass/vocalist Mike Fleming, guitar/vocalist Gary Nichols, fiddler/vocalist Tammy Rogers and mandolinist Brent Truitt. Produced by Luke Wooton, Hammer Down is a collection of 10 new tunes from original members Chris Stapleton and Mike Henderson, as well as Rogers and Nichols. The set also includes the songs “I’ll Be There” and “Cry No Mississippi” that Nichols co-wrote with John Paul White – one-half of the band The Civil Wars.
The English pop star Adele was so smitten with the band that she began performing their song, “If It Hadn’t Been for Love,” in her live performances. Throughout 2013, The SteelDrivers will be touring nationwide at clubs and festivals. Some upcoming shows include:
Sat., Nov. 17 – Station Inn, 9 pm, Nashville, TN
Sat., Dec. 15 – Station Inn, 9 pm, Nashville, TN
Fri., Jan 18, 2013 – Station Inn, 9 pm, Nashville, TN
Sat., Jan 19, 2013 – Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 7 pm, Walhalla, SC
Sat., Jan 26, 2013 – Rodgers Theatre, 8 pm, Poplar Bluff, MO
Sat., Feb 16, 2013 – Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Framingham, MA
Fri., March 8, 2013 – Mountain View Bluegrass Festival, Mountain View, AR