Hammer Down

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
On their third album, the SteelDrivers continue to forge their own unique path in the world of bluegrass/acoustic music. They play music that sounds like bluegrass on the surface, but they usually eschew the high lonesome harmonies of traditional bluegrass for a more mainstream approach that often sounds like hardcore country gone acoustic. New guitarist Gary Nichols' lead vocals owe as much to rock as they do to country and bluegrass, and the subject matter wanders far astray of the usual concerns of bluegrass traditions. Everyone in the band is a seasoned Nashville vet, so while they never sound like they're trying to consciously stretch the limits of bluegrass, they do so ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
On their third album, the SteelDrivers continue to forge their own unique path in the world of bluegrass/acoustic music. They play music that sounds like bluegrass on the surface, but they usually eschew the high lonesome harmonies of traditional bluegrass for a more mainstream approach that often sounds like hardcore country gone acoustic. New guitarist Gary Nichols' lead vocals owe as much to rock as they do to country and bluegrass, and the subject matter wanders far astray of the usual concerns of bluegrass traditions. Everyone in the band is a seasoned Nashville vet, so while they never sound like they're trying to consciously stretch the limits of bluegrass, they do so just by being themselves. "Wearin' a Hole" is a hardcore country drinkin' song full of heartache and booze, with Richard Bailey's banjo playing what would be a guitar solo on a country track. The harmonic banjo and fiddle hook makes "Burnin' the Woodshed Down" a standout. It turns the usual lament about hard times inside-out when the singer decides to vent his anger with an act of arson. Nichols strikes an R&B chord on "Cry No Mississippi," a kiss-off to a faithless lover from a lover who holds his head up high as he tells her he "won't beg or crawl" or "cry no Mississippi." The opener, "Shallow Grave," is the closest the band comes to traditional bluegrass; it's an old-fashioned murder ballad that sounds like it's 200 years old, with Tammy Rogers contributing wailing lonesome fiddling and Bailey adding his desolate banjo picking.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2013
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661912229
  • Catalog Number: 619122
  • Sales rank: 22,032

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The SteelDrivers Primary Artist
Tammy Rogers Fiddle, Cello, Viola, Vocals, Group Member
Brent Truitt Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin, Octave Mandolin, Group Member
Richard Bailey Banjo, Group Member
Gary Nichols Guitar, Vocals, Foot Stomping, Group Member
Chris Stapleton Guitar, Vocals
Mike Felming Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Al Anderson Composer
Tammy Rogers Composer
Brent Truitt Engineer
John Caldwell Engineer
Barry Billings Composer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Leslie Satcher Composer
Luke Wooten Producer
The SteelDrivers Producer
Gary Nichols Composer
Jimmy Nutt Engineer
John Paul White Composer
Chris Stapleton Composer
Devon Guillery Art Direction
Mike Henderson Composer
Kris Bergness Composer
Juli Thanki Liner Notes
Frances Specker Bradley Composer
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