The three time Grammy nominated bluegrass-meets-soul band The SteelDrivers thread 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 songs have the same edginess and the same stunning harmonies carrying on The SteelDrivers' own tradition of bluegrass, without missing a beat!
Critics agree that the new cd epitomizes The SteelDrivers' brand of bluegrass - intense, dark, poetic, and inescapably human.
"The Steeldrivers suck you in and wrap you in their ever loving arms on Hammer Down. Ten songs chock full of classic country
heartbreak and neurosis await you, wrapped in amazing bluegrass arrangements bursting with irresistible pop hooks. The chemistry
here is amazing, and Hammer Down is a can’t miss listen."
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 Rogers and Nichols as well as original members Chris Stapleton and Mike Henderson. The set also includes the songs “I’ll Be There” and “Cry No Mississippi” that Nichols co-wrote with John Paul White of The Civil Wars.
"I'll Be There" is as energetic” and scary as roots music gets, and it's a highlight from the innovative bluegrass
band's third album, Hammer Down."
~ Ann Powers, NPRMusic
The English pop star Adele is so smitten with the band that she regularly performs their song, “If It Hadn't Been For Love,” when she performs in concert. The SteelDrivers are on the road for much of 2013 and an updated itinerary is at www.steeldrivers.net