Bluegrass-based experiments from Nashville
Nashville, Tennessee, is a nexus—a point where tradition and innovation intersect, and where commerce collides with art. It may be the only town around where salaried songwriters and full-time session musicians are as common as accountants and schoolteachers. And only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans—each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town's musical community—who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls' reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid. This is new music with the old feeling. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band's fusion as simply "an incredible combination," and country star Chris Stapleton used to be a member. The SteelDrivers come to Michigan with a new album, "The Muscle Shoals Recordings," that draws on soul, blues, bluegrass, R&B, country, and rock 'n' roll.