The SteelDrivers make national debut
Monday, January 21, 2008
– The SteelDrivers, a soul bluegrass band of music veterans from Nashville, make their national debut at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Massachusetts in February.
The group just released their debut disc on Rounder last week. The quintet consists of singer Chris Stapleton, mandolinist/guitarist/vocalist Mike Henderson, fiddler/vocalist Tammy Rogers, banjo player Richard Bailey and bassist Mike Fleming. Luke Wooten (Alison Krauss, Jim Lauderdale and Dierks Bentley) produced the disc.
The SteelDrivers mainly have played the Nashville area. They play the Val Festival in Framingham, Mass. on Saturday, Feb. 16. Other artists that day include The Seldom Scene, The Steep Canyon Rangers and Alecia Nugent.
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