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 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.