The SteelDrivers (LP)
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The Grammy-Nominated 2008 debut includes "If It Hadn't Been For Love" and "Blue Side Of The Mountain".
The SteelDrivers hail from Nashville, TN and concoct a sound that combines elements of tradition with contemporary flourishes. One might call the group's self-titled debut neo-acoustic. It's a sound that relies on mandolins, fiddles, and guitars, one that skirts bluegrass without being constricted by it. Banjoist Richard Bailey, bassist-vocalist Mike Fleming, mandolinist-vocalist Mike Henderson, fiddler-vocalist Tammy Rogers, and guitarist-lead vocalist Chris Stapleton deliver 11 full-bodied tracks on The SteelDrivers, highlighted by Stapleton's scratchy, Tom Waits meets bluegrass vocals.