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Harold Dye

Cullman, Alabama, USA
Post Posted 18 Jul 2017 12:21 pm     Reply with quote

Last night there was a show on PBS called Muscle Shoals to Music Row with a bluegrass band called SteelDrivers from Nashville. I had planned to watch it just to see what it was but got busy and didn't tune in until about 10 min left in the show. This band has all the acoustic instruments in a bluegrass band i.e bango, mandolin, upright bass etc. The only song I heard sounded like rock done bluegrass style. Has anyone heard them or know anything about them. They were extremely talented but with a different twist. Never heard bluegrass like this. Since I only heard one song I can't say what the other songs were like but what I heard was very different, sounded like rock with a fiddle and bango. Did anyone else see it?
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Jerry Overstreet

Louisville Ky
Post Posted 18 Jul 2017 12:37 pm     Reply with quote

I have seen it, but it's been awhile and I can't remember who I saw on may have been the Steeldrivers episode. I know Marty Raybon and Shenandoah have done it too.

I think it was a series of shows. You can search your title at for episodes.
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Mark Eaton

Sonoma County in The Great State Of Northern California
Post Posted 18 Jul 2017 1:39 pm     Reply with quote

I've twice seen The Steeldrivers live and I have all their CDs. The most recent (The Muscle Shoals Recordings) won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album.

In other words - they're a pretty big deal.

They formed about nine years ago and two of the original members who are no longer on board were Chris Stapleton - one of the bigger things in recent years since sliced bread - and long-time Nashville all rounder who can play about anything, Mike Henderson.

I have come across folks in the past who might think of them as sort of an "acoustic rock" group because the lead singers, originally Stapleton and now Gary Nichols, don't sing lead in a tenor in the "high lonesome" vein of a Bill Monroe or Del McCoury so "the bluegrass police" tend to scoff at the sound because to them it isn't the real deal.

Hey - whatever - I sure like the band. All great players, and some very well written songs.

One of my favorite Steeldrivers tunes below, The River Runs Red - a beautiful and stirring piece of work about a chapter from The Civil War:
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Craig Stock

Westfield, NJ USA
Post Posted 18 Jul 2017 2:27 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Mark, for the link, great song, very moving!
Regards, Craig
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Jerry Hayes

Virginia Beach, Va.
Post Posted 19 Jul 2017 3:27 pm     Reply with quote

Another group that does some interesting "Bluegrass Rock" is a group called "Beatlegrass". One of the members is Milo Deering who I believe is a member of this Forum. Just look 'em up on YouTube as they're very enjoyable.....JH in Va.
Don't matter who's in Austin (or anywhere else) Ralph Mooney is still the king!!!
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Mark Eaton

Sonoma County in The Great State Of Northern California
Post Posted 20 Jul 2017 6:12 am     Reply with quote

Harold titled the thread "Bluegrass Rock" - but beyond the idea that the lead singer might have more of a country/rock vibe than a traditional bluegrass voice, I don't think The Steeldrivers have much to do with bluegrass rock.

That might be more of a first impression one could pick up on in a brief listening as experienced by Harold.
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