Grammy award-winning “soulgrass” band, The SteelDrivers, will perform at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University on Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for faculty/staff and $25 for adults. For more information and to purchase tickets: http://theschaefercenter.org/events/id/419
Only Nashville could give birth to a band like The SteelDrivers: a talented group of seasoned musicians – each distinguished in his or her own right. The group’s bluegrass roots combine with country and soul influences to create a refreshing, decidedly contemporary sound. This is new music with the old feeling. The SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as simply “an incredible combination.”
The innovative, soulful bluegrass band the SteelDrivers – Tammy Rogers, Gary Nichols, Mike Fleming, Brent Truitt, and Richard Bailey – released their acclaimed new album, The Muscle Shoals Recordings, on June 16, 2015, their fourth Rounder Records release. The album reached #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and received a Grammy award for “Best Bluegrass Album.”
The band’s recent tour dates have wowed critics, who praise the band’s “gutsy, gritty bluegrass songs” (Juli Thanki, The Tennessean). Writing in the Philadelphia Inquirer, AD Amorosi declared “You can call it power-bluegrass or country soul, but whatever you call it, Nashville’s SteelDrivers have bushels of it.” Reviews of the album are equally effusive. Country Standard Time’s Donald Teplyske writes “the group has embraced its uniqueness: The SteelDrivers have established soulgrass as their own little niche,” and goes on to say “The Muscle Shoals Recordings continues the band’s string of superior bluegrass recordings.” Jeff Simon of the Buffalo News says “it’s not all that long a way from Nashville to Muscle Shoals – not geographically or musically either. The trip was worth making.” All Music’s Mark Deming calls it “music played with soul, heart, honesty, and skill…the music speaks for itself, and what it says is eloquent and deeply pleasing.”
For more information and a complete list of upcoming tour dates, visit The SteelDrivers’ website.