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SteelDrivers to Kick Off Bluegrass Undergrounds PBS Season

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The SteelDriversThe three time Grammy nominated bluegrass-meets-soul band, The SteelDrivers, return to the stage of the highly acclaimed Bluegrass Underground to help kick off the program's 3rd PBS Season. Filmed at Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tennessee, Bluegrass Underground is also a radio show. Recorded live 333 feet below ground, the Volcano Room is one of the most acoustically pure natural spaces on earth. No man-made sound reaches the Volcano Room and the living rock hued amid the eons is jagged and uneven, providing limited echo.

On the road to celebrate the release of their third cd, Hammer Down, on Rounder Records, the new cd 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. Hammer Down entered Billboard's Bluegrass chart at Number #1.

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 SteelDrivers - "I'll Be There"

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 SteelDrivers are on the road for much of 2013.

www.SteelDrivers.net, www.BluegrassUnderground.com

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