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Even with two of the band’s founding members having parted ways, Hammer Down resonates with a noticeable progression in comparison to The SteelDrivers' preceding album, Reckless. New guitarist Gary Nichols co-penned the opening “Shallow Grave,” an unsettling yet harmonious murder ballad that (with some help from Tammy Rogers’ classic fiddle playing) is the most traditional-sounding tune here. On the following “How Long Have I Been Your Fool,” we’re reminded that The SteelDrivers comprise some of Nashville’s A-list session players. With Rogers cementing three-part harmonies that have more in common with Fleetwood Mac than The Cox Family, the song shares some DNA with Little Big Town. Even Brent Truitt’s mandolin parts here play with the progressive dexterity of Nickel Creek–era Chris Thile. Although The SteelDrivers' approach to musicianship and singing strays from the traditional string-band blueprint, songs like “When You Don’t Come Home” and “Cry No Mississippi” retain the genre’s tendency to contrast melancholy subject matter with uplifting melodies.

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Great music, if you like any Steeldrivers or good ole bluegrass, It doesn't get much better than this. This album has everything from fast mind blowing pickin to heart felt lyrics with great harmony... Love it, Steelhead for life!

Hammer Down

Man I miss Chris Stapleton in a big way, but its a good album and I will always be fan. You just can't beat staple tons voice.


I do miss Chris stapelton by this is still an amazing album. I love everything about this band. Seen them live several times and they blow me away every time and this album is just great


Formed: 2005 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Specializing in a unique mix of what might be called bluegrass soul, the SteelDrivers have featured a group of veteran Nashville session players including Richard Bailey on banjo, Mike Fleming on bass, Mike Henderson on mandolin, Tammy Rogers on fiddle, and Chris Stapleton on guitar and lead vocals. Stapleton's bluesy, hoarse, and Tom Waits-like singing really set the SteelDrivers apart in the often generic contemporary bluegrass genre, where a high and lonesome tenor lead vocal is typically heard....
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