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The SteelDrivers On Mountain Stage

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The SteelDrivers On Mountain Stage

The SteelDrivers On Mountain Stage

The SteelDrivers On Mountain Stage

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Watch The Interview From Backstage At Mountain Stage

Set List

  • "Reckless Side of Me"
  • "Good Corn Liquor"
  • "Where Rainbows Never Die"
  • "Guitars, Whiskey, Guns and Knives" (not included in broadcast)
  • "If It Hadn’t Been for Love"
  • "Ghosts of Mississippi"
  • "Blue Side of the Mountain"

The SteelDrivers are a five-piece bluegrass band from Nashville, Tennessee that incorporates country and soul, or "new music with the old feeling."

The band consists of new lead vocalist/guitarist Gary Nichols, Mike Fleming on the bass, banjo player Richard Bailey, Tammy Rogers on the fiddle and Mike Henderson on guitar and mandolin. Signed to Rounder Records in mid-2000, the group has released two successful studio albums, The SteelDrivers and Reckless. Included here is a performance of "Guitars, Whiskey, Guns and Knives," which wasn't heard on the radio broadcast.

Each of these multi-talented musicians first came together to play bluegrass standards, but soon started writing their own songs with the help of former band member Chris Stapleton. "It is a bluegrass sound, but it's something a little bit more than bluegrass in many ways," says Mountain Stage host Larry Groce.

This Mountain Stage performance was originally published Oct. 18, 2010.

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