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 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 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 -€œ 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. The band hits the road this Saturday with two performances at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Framingham, MA.