Hammer Down

Hammer Down

by The SteelDrivers The SteelDrivers




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: 02/05/2013
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661912229
catalogNumber: 619122
Rank: 12238


  1. Shallow Grave
  2. How Long Have I Been Your Fool
  3. When You Don't Come Home
  4. I'll Be There
  5. Burnin' The Woodshed Down
  6. Wearin' A Hole
  7. Lonesome Goodbye
  8. Hell On Wheels
  9. Cry No Mississippi
  10. When I'm Gone

Album Credits

Performance Credits

SteelDrivers   Primary Artist
Mike Fleming   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
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

Technical Credits

Anderson   Composer
Tammy Rogers   Composer
Brent Truitt   Engineer
John Caldwell   Engineer
Barry Billings   Composer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Luke Wooten   Producer
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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