Category: bluegrass


Steeldrivers – New CDHammer Down – Great Bluegrass Band…

The Steeldrivers have just published their new CD Hammer Down. I have found the complete CD on the Airplay Direct website some days ago and listened to some tracks.

You also can hear a performance of the Steeldrivers with  of some of the songs from the new album here:

Now I have searched for some newer videos with songs from this CD and other recent performances. Here is my compilation about The Steeldrivers:

STEELDRIVERS: No Mississippi

The Steeldrivers, I’ll Be There

The Steeldrivers, Lonesome Goodbye

The SteelDrivers – Peacemaker

The SteelDrivers – Ghosts of Mississippi / Blue Side of the Mountain

Playlist Steeldrivers

Additional Information

CD Hammer Down at Airplay Direct:

2012 has found The SteelDrivers traveling throughout the USA and branching out into Canada and Europe. They have recently completed their third album entitled Hammer Down which is due to be released February 5, 2013.

The Steeldrivers on Mountain Stage:

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.

More Steeldriver videos in the youtube channel Folk & Bluegrass:

Website Steeldrivers:

Since the release of The SteelDrivers (2008) and Reckless (2010), The SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys, four IBMA awards and the Americana Music Association’s New Artist of the Year. They were presented the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2009. That same year the band spent a week in Georgia as part of the cast in the movie “Get Low”. The movie, that starred Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray, featured a soundtrack that included four tunes by The ‘Drivers. In 2011 the English pop star Adele began performing the SteelDriver song “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” in her live performances. Her opinion of The SteelDrivers is: “They’re a blues, country, bluegrass, swagger band and they are brilliant.” They have been invited to perform on numerous radio and TV shows ranging from The Grand Ole Opry to NPR’s Mountain Stage to the Conan O’Brien show.

Interview: ARTIST OF THE MONTH: The SteelDrivers


The Putumayo Bluegrass CD and a Great Music City…

On August 22nd the weekly Music City Roots Live Radio Show was dedicated to Bluegrass. It featured bands who contributed a track to the Putumayo Bluegrass CD that has been published recently.

Putumayo has been founded in 1993 and has published many CDs with music from all over the world. Here’s the beginning of the text from the Putumayo website:

Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world’s cultures. The label grew out of the Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Storper to help launch Putumayo World Music. In the past eighteen years, the record label has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic compilations of great international music characterized by the company’s motto: “guaranteed to make you feel good!”

Alison Brown had contributed a banjo piece for the second Putumayo CD that has been published. Not for the first time bluegrass music was the topic of a complete Putumayo CD. On this CD you can hear well known musicians like Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan or David Grisman, but also young bands like Railroad Earth, Town Mountain, Uncle Earl and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.

Bluegrass CD

Stars and new discoveries demonstrate the universal appeal of this quintessential American roots music.

Putumayo announces the May 22nd release of Bluegrass, an engaging collection featuring many of the genre’s most renowned artists along with exciting new discoveries. The album is Putumayo’s first venture into the world of bluegrass and includes Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, David Grisman and other stars alongside some of today’s up-and-coming young groups like Railroad Earth, Town Mountain and Uncle Earl.

Music City Roots produces a two hour country and bluegrass show every Wednesday. The shows are broadcast live and at the same time are streamed on the internet. The shows take place in the Loveless Cafe in Nashville. All the shows are also recorded and available on the Music City Roots website.

Music City Roots, Live From The Loveless Cafe is a weekly, two-hour radio show that revives the historic legacy of live musical radio production in Nashville. Broadcast on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 9pm, CST, Music City Roots, Live From The Loveless Cafe showcases Nashville’s astonishing music scene, from country and Americana to more progressive interpreters of tradition — a “roots and branches” format that brings together fans of different tastes and generations. Presented live from the stage of the Loveless Barn, this show will showcase purveyors of authenticity across many genres.

The artists of the show on August 22nd were:

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Town Mountain, Alison Brown with Andrean Zonn and Sam Bush with his band.

All four bands have played fantastically, it has really been a great show. I have watched the show in parts, every day I watched the performance of one band – you can jump within the show easily and so you can watch the best parts again and again.

Direct link to access this Radio City Roots Radio Show from August 22nd 2012:

In the youtube channel of Music City Roots you can find almost 1000 videos from the past shows – I have selected one video with each of the four bands form this show:

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen “Line Drive”

Town Mountain “Diggin’ On The Mountainside”

Alison Brown with Andrea Zonn “Apalachian Celtic Medley”

Sam Bush “Diamond Joe”

Additional Information

Music City Roots:

Putumayo Homepage:

Town Mountain at Airplay Direkt – you can listen to the complete CD:

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen at Airplay Direkt – you can listen to the complete CD:

Buy the Putumayo Bluegrass CD at (partnerlink)


Merlefest 2012 – Mando Mania – A Great Concert…

Last month the yearly Merlefest took place in Wilkesboro. One of the shows is named Mando Mania – an all mandolin performance where some of the best mandolin players join to show that it is possible to play great music just with mandolins.

Mando Mania has first been organized by Tony Williamson in 1994 and has become a very popular mandolin event at the yearly Merlefest. Every year some of the best mandolin players take part in a concert with at least five mandolins.

This year the following players took part in this concert:

Sam Bush, Chris Thile, Sierra Hull, Joe Walsh, Tony Williamson

This is the Lonesome Fiddle Blues by Bill Monroe from the Mando Mania concert:

The program did also contain the following pieces:

  • Earl Scruggs Tribute – Foggy Mountain Breakdown
  • Brilliancy – Sam Bush und Chris Thile asl Duo
  • Ookpik Waltz – Solo von Chris Thile
  • Celtic Medley – Sierra Hull Solo
  • Chick that went hunting

I find it very interesting to watch and compare the different playing styles, techniques and sounds of the five players. Each of them has its own style, and together they make a great performance.

Playlist Mando Mania – Merlefest 2012

One year ago the Mando Mania concert was given by the following six mandolin players:

Nick Keen, Tim O’Brien, Tony Williamson, Sam Bush, Sarah Jarosz, Jesse Brock

This is the Bluegrass Stomp played with six mandolins:

Playlist Mando Mania – Merlfest 2011

Read more about Tony Williamson in the follown article:



The Johnson Mountain Boys – Goodbye to the Blues…

Today I have listened to the music of

LIFE GOES ON -Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC)

at Airplay Direct.

I did especially like the second song form this CD –  GOODBYE TO THE BLUES – Johnson Mountain Boys.

I have made a playlist with performances of the Johnson Mountain Boys

Playlist Johnson Mountain Boys

Wikipedia about the Johnson Mountain Boys:

Here is another great video of this song, played by Brightwater Junction:

Brightwater Junction 2011 – Goodbye To The Blues

Brightwater Junction – 2nd Place 2011 National Single Microphone Championship

Playlist Johnson Mountain Boys by “sc lawman”