It’s been 10 years now since Grammy award winning band, The SteelDrivers, released their self-titled debut recording project. The world-class musicians will celebrate their anniversary milestone in distinct style with a special performance at The Caverns, along with Bluegrass Underground’s 10th anniversary throwdown on Friday, August 17th.
The venue, better known as “the cave,” is located in the timeless valley of Pelham, Tennessee at the base of Monteagle mountain. The unique space is actually underground and located in a geographic sweet spot approximately 75 minutes from Nashville, 60 minutes to Chattanooga and three hours to both Atlanta and Birmingham. (Tickets can be purchased here.)
Our dedication and determination remain just as intact today as it did 10 years ago,” says singer, songwriter and fiddler Tammy Rogers. “I liken us to what the Rolling Stones would sound like if they played banjos, fiddles and mandolins — it’s that rock-n-roll edge played on traditional instruments and our shows continue to reflect that high-level energy and fun. I think we have another 10 years in us!”
Throughout their decade long career…one that encompasses four highly acclaimed albums…”The SteelDrivers” (2008), “Reckless” (2010), “Hammer Down” (2012) and “The Muscle Shoals Recordings” (2015), their inspiration has ultimately always been about the music. A sound The Tennessean once described as “gutsy, gritty bluegrass songs.” The Philadelphia Inquirer put it even more succinctly, “You can call it power-bluegrass or country soul, but whatever you call it, Nashville’s SteelDrivers have bushels of it.”
Part of their lure is the freedom each musician gets to express themselves without any reservation, even as the group maintains their signature sound. Rogers is widely recognized as one of the most versatile and expressive fiddlers on the scene today. Brent Truitt and Richard Bailey are certified string benders who take their respective instruments to new levels of expertise. Newest member and Kentucky native Kelvin Damrell’s vocals and fretwork add a fresh voice to the mix, while Fleming continues to anchor it all with rock solid rhythm and a firm foundation.
The band’s most recent Rounder Records project “The Muscle Shoals Recordings” reached #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and received a Grammy award for “Best Bluegrass Album.” Last year, The SteelDrivers re-released their 2008 self-titled debut album on vinyl…get the album here.
For a complete list of tour dates and to learn more, visit www.thesteeldrivers.com.