Personnel: Chris Stapleton (vocals, guitar); Tammy Rogers (vocals, fiddle); Mike Fleming (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Luke Wooten.
Liner Note Authors: Jon Weisberger; Tim O'Brien.
Recording information: Sound Emporium - Studio A.
Author: Buddy Miller.
Photographer: David McClister.
A fairly obvious recipe on paper is rendered grippingly powerful by singer-guitarist Chris Stapleton's baritone yowl and a band of fleet-fingered bluegrass pros (banjoist Richard Bailey, bassist/vocalist Mike Fleming, mandolinist/vocalist Mike Henderson, and fiddler/vocalist Tammy Rogers). A lot of records of this sort go for a similar gritty Americana thing, but this impressive debut pulls it off by spiking the traditional milieu with undeniable sex appeal, a serious rarity in bluegrass (listen to his smoldering harmonies with Rogers on the standout "Blue Side of the Mountain"). Fans took note--this record logged very impressive digital sales and snared both Grammy and International Bluegrass Music Association awards.
Down Beat (p.79) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[G]uitarist Chris Stapleton sings with the depth of a Southern bluesman....[With] excellent original tunes about redemption, prison and the vagaries of love."
Harp (magazine) (p.107) - "[T]he STeelDrivers are bluegrass through and through, from their instrumetnal virtuosity to their classic high-low harmonies to their music itself..."
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