SteelDrivers, Cash/Dylan out today
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
– Driving bluegrass band The SteelDrivers return with "The Muscle Shoals Recordings." This is the hometown of lead singer Gary Nichols and incorporates the typical soulful 'grass of the band.
"Dylan Cash and the Nashville Cats A New Music City" is out today via Sony Legacy in conjunction with an exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Dylan came to Music City in 1966 to record "Blonde on Blonde." About the same time, Cash recruited folk and rock artists, including Dylan, to appear on his TV show, "The Johnny Cash Show." The two-CD collection contains 36 songs from the likes of Flatt & Scruggs, The Byrds, The Monkees, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Jeff Walker and Ringo Starr.
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Throughout their existence of now more than a dozen years The SteelDrivers have been notable for their willingness to be a bluegrass band that ventures into a sort of musical "Twilight Zone," reaching across the void to draw a fervent following - "SteelHeads" - whose musical tastes and sensibilities often are more grounded in sounds ranging from hard-edged classic Delta blues to the iconic Southern rock of bands like the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. ...
The SteelDrivers are a dynamic, driving bluegrass band, a five-piece with a sound and an approach completely their own. "The Muscle Shoals Recordings" is their fourth album and second featuring expressive lead vocalist Gary Nichols and mandolinist Brent Truitt alongside group founders Tammy Rodgers (fiddle), Richard Bailey (five-string banjo), and Mike Fleming (bass).
Given Nichols' roots in the Alabama community, it is hardly a surprise that The SteelDrivers chose to record at ...
While you wouldn't know it from reading their press, there are many bluegrass bands with as good a back-story as The SteelDrivers, and as advanced songwriting and musicianship prowess, while having deeper professional bluegrass roots and longer track records with more significant lineup alterations over a relatively brief period of time.
Not to begrudge The SteelDrivers notice they receive, sometimes it feels a bit over the top. But darn it, they know how to produce a mighty inspiring bluegrass album. ...