SteelDrivers play Mountain Stage
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
– Soulful, driving bluegrass band The SteelDrivers bring their sound to NPR's Mountain Stage this coming Friday, Oct. 15th. New vocalist Gary Nichols will be performing with the band, which just released "Reckless" in September.
Air-times vary by station, a complete list can be found at:
http://www.mountainstage.org/mtnstageaffiliates.aspx. The following week, the set will be posted at NPR.org/mountainstage and archived. After two weeks, the show is available as a podcast in the archives section at www.mountainstage.org.
Nichols replaced singer Chris Stapleton in the line-up.
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