SteelDrivers return with disc in September
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
– The SteelDrivers return with their follow up to their acclaimed Rounder Records' self-titled 2008 debut with their original line-up despite a change since then.
"Reckless" drops Sept. 14. Returning to the studio with producer Luke Wooten (Alison Krauss, Jim Lauderdale and Dierks Bentley), the follow up of 12 songs stretches the boundaries of bluegrass.
The group consists of Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton, Tammy Rogers, Richard Bailey and Mike Fleming. However, lead singer Stapleton has since left the group, replaced by Gary Nichols.
Eleven of the 12 songs are co-written by Henderson and Stapleton, while the 12th is a co-write between Stapleton and Ronnie Bowman.
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