“They’re a blues, country, bluegrass, swagger band, and they are brilliant!”
Only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans – each distinguished in his or her own right – who follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. This is new music with the old feeling. The SteelDrivers charm, sear and beguile their audiences with a blend of soul and slink, blues and country, mountain coal and red dirt. With a rabid following of fans known as “SteelHeads,” The SteelDrivers are: Gary Nichols (Guitar, vocals); Tammy Rogers (fiddle, vocals); Mike Fleming (bass, vocals); Richard Bailey (banjo); and Brent Truitt (mandolin).
Their 2008 self-titled debut album on Rounder records sold over 100,000 copies. They’ve been nominated for 3 Grammys, 4 IBMA awards and the Americana Music Association’s New Artist of the Year. They also won the 2009 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year award. They’ve performed on The Grand Ole Opry, Mountain Stage and the Conan O’Brien show. In 2011 the English pop star Adele began performing the SteelDrivers’ song “If It Hadn’t Been For Love.” With the realness, rawness, and edge of their original songs of whisky drinking, jealousy, rage, and murder, they refer to their sound as “Uneasy Listening.”
Their 2015 Rounder release, “The Muscle Shoals Recordings,” hit #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart. The group kicked off 2016 with a GRAMMY win for “Best Bluegrass Album” and is currently performing sold-out shows at top festivals and venues across the country.
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