from Ken Irwin:
The three time Grammy nominated bluegrass-meets-soul band, The SteelDrivers’ brand new Rounder Records release “Hammer Down” has entered Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart at #1. The band celebrated the new cd last week with an SRO performance at the band’s musical home, Nashville’s The Station Inn. The video for “I’ll Be There” also premiered on CMTEdge.com and available on YouTube.
The new Rounder Records’ cd, Hammer Down, epitomizes The SteelDrivers’ brand of bluegrass – intense, dark, poetic, and inescapably human. The new collection is a refreshing reminder of the timeless power of string band music.
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.
They’re a blues, country, bluegrass, swagger band and they are brilliant. -Adele