08 Jul The SteelDrivers to bring bluegrass soul to Uncle Dave Macon Days
The summer is shaping up to be one to remember for The SteelDrivers. Fresh off the release of The Muscle Shoals Recordings album, the bluegrass outfit is scheduled to hit the road for several dates which include a stop at Murfreesboro’s Uncle Dave Macon Days on Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m.
“It surprised me that we haven’t played it yet. It feels like a hometown show and we’re excited about it. We haven’t been playing much in town lately and we’re glad to perform,” The SteelDrivers Tammy Rogers said during a recent interview.
For the band, they have built a strong fan base in Middle Tennessee as they have been a regular among Nashville mainstays such as Station Inn and other venues.
Their current tour started in May as they began promoting their latest effort with a few shows in Muscle Shoals, Ala. for an album release and is going strong. After Uncle Dave Macon Days, the group has several dates on their tour including a date at Louisville’s Forecastle Festival and Bristol Rhythm and Roots as well.
“We’ve had some great shows and it has been a lot of fun,” Rogers added.
On their latest album, the group visited fittingly visited the historic music city of Muscle Shoals, Ala. During the recording process, Rogers said they always have a good time among the group and enjoy the studio time together.
“Everybody gets along and there is mutual respect. We’ve been friends for years and I’ve known Richard since I was fourteen. There are different ties beyond the music and we are all friends,” Rogers said about the respect among the band members.
The album is a homecoming of sorts for lead singer Gary Nichols who grew up in Muscle Shoals. The familiarity among FAME Studios, the soul of Wilson Pickett and the mystique of the area are all common forces when it comes to the territory. So on The Muscle Shoals Recordings, The SteelDrivers enlisted a few familiar faces such as Jason Isbell who produced and played slide on “Brother John” and Jimmy Nutt who recorded the album at The Nutt House.
The album opens with a roaring “Long Way Down” that showcases Nichols’ vocals and segues into “Drinkin’ Alone,” a tune that was written by Jay Knowles and former SteelDriver Chris Stapleton.
On that note, Rogers says “Chris Stapleton and Mike Henderson will always be SteelDrivers,”
“They aren’t in the band playing shows, but they are part of our sound, and part of our story.”
The story of The SteelDrivers will be one that continues for a good amount of time with recordings such as this one. With four albums in the books and multiple Grammy nominations, the full story of The SteelDrivers is yet to be told.
For more information on The SteelDrivers, visit thesteeldrivers.com.
Other artists performing at Uncle Dave Macon Days include Ralph Stanley, Russell Moore & IIIRD Tyme Out, Hog Slop String Band, Larry Cordle, The Glade City Rounders, Grass Time, Haint Hollow Hootenanny, Kristina Craig & Exit 148, Robert Eskew, Robyn Taylor, Hillary Klug and Greg Reish. For a roundup of all festivities, visit uncledavemacondays.com.