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Chris Stapleton leaves The SteelDrivers

Thursday, April 1, 2010 – The SteelDrivers' lead singer Chris Stapleton has left the band, Rounder Records President Ken Irwin confirmed Thursday.

"Chris has left the band to focus more on writing and family," Irwin said in an email.

Stapleton, also known, for his songwriting skills, was the vocalist for the driving quintet, which put out one very well received CD in January 2008.

"There will be an announcement of a replacement shortly after an appreciation of Chris," Irwin said.

"(The) SteelDrivers are very happy with new lead singer....he is a new singer and not a replacement for Chris.....good guitar player too," said Irwin, who added that he had not seen the new band yet.

The band continues with Richard Bailey - Banjo, Mike Fleming - Bass/Vocals, Mike Henderson - Mandolin/Vocals and and Tammy Rogers - Fiddle/Vocals

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