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The SteelDrivers - Richard Bailey’s banjo plays funky, little Kentucky-goes-to-Memphis rolls. Tammy Rogers’ fiddle soars. Brent Truitt’s mandolin chops time, and Mike Fleming’s bass pounds the downbeat. And all that is righteous and right-on. Elevated, even. But Nichols—he lets loose something the opposite of righteousness. It’s a howl, full of hurt and anger and life. Starts on the highest E note that 99.9% of male singers can hit, then ascends into a sweet falsetto, and then opens up like the gates of Hell , into a reeling screech. “That made me dizzy for a second,” Nichols says, remembering the moment he sang the line. “Really, I almost passed out. There are certain lines in SteelDrivers songs that require a little bit of Wilson Pickett.” Nichols knows about Wilson Pickett, who recorded “Mustang Sally” at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, less than three miles from Jimmy Nutt’s NuttHouse, where the SteelDrivers recorded these Muscle Shoals Recordings. Nichols is from Muscle Shoals. He grew up as a guitar slinger and a soul shouter, which should not be any help in fronting one of bluegrass music’s most engaging outfits. But part of the reason the SteelDrivers are such an engaging band is the seemingly incongruous blend of soul and slink, blues and country, mountain coal and red dirt...read more atthesteeldrivers.com Claire Hitchins' musical sensibility was fashioned among the Blue Ridge Mountains, formed as much by the deciduous forests and swimming holes of her home state as by the traditional songs of the American South. Since the release of her debut album, These Bodies, in 2016, Claire has enchanted audiences all over the country with her sincere, soulful folk melodies. Accompanied by brilliant North Carolina multi-instrumentalist Alex Bingham, Claire’s nuanced vocals glimmer atop currents of guitar, banjo and double bass, drawing listeners into the depth, clarity and generous ebb and flow of her honest songs...read more at clairehitchins.com

The Steeldrivers