NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 10, 2019) -- As one of the most acclaimed acoustic groups on today's music scene, The SteelDrivers show no signs of slowing down as they announce their new on-sale dates Friday, September 13 for the Bad For You tour. Ticket information can be found HERE. The 2020 schedule coincides with The SteelDrivers’ highly anticipated fifth release on Rounder Records. This eclectic group of musicians and songwriters performs approximately 75 shows a year. The Steels' upcoming dates include stops in Columbus, Knoxville, Dallas, Houston, Charleston, Chicago, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. before a set at City Winery in New York City and Port City Music Hall in Portland, Maine. Audiences and devotee proclaimed "SteelHeads" have faithfully supported the group since it emerged on the Americana and bluegrass scene over a decade ago. By now, the virtuosity of The SteelDrivers has so redefined conventional string instrumentation that one almost forgets that bluegrass roots sit at the heart of every sound the ensemble makes. The impetus, though, remains the music itself: a fluid string sound that combines chamber-like ambience, bluegrass construction and jazz phrasing. These world-class musicians have perfected the art of bringing a modern twist to a classic style of music. Band members' individual artistry have made the group's sound so rich and so full of detail. Tammy Rogers, a former member of the all-star Dead Reckoning music stable, is widely recognized as one of the most versatile and expressive fiddlers on the scene today. Brent Truitt and Richard Bailey are certified string benders who take their respective instruments to new levels of innovation and expertise. Kelvin Damrell’s vocals and fretwork add a fresh voice to the mix, while Mike Fleming continues to anchor it all with rock solid rhythm and a firm foundation.
TOUR DATES FEB 6 - Bristol, TN / Paramount Theatre
FEB 7 - Roanoke, VA / Jefferson Center
FEB 8 - Richmond, VA / Modlin Center for the Arts
FEB 13 - Columbus, OH / The Lincoln Theatre
FEB 14 - Lexington, KY / Manchester Music Hall
FEB 20 - Columbia, TN / Cherry Theatre
FEB 21 - Knoxville, TN / Bijou Theatre
FEB 26 - Austin, TX / One World Theatre
FEB 27 - Dallas, TX / Kessler Theatre
FEB 28 - Houston, TX / The Heights Theatre
FEB 29 - Lubbock, TX / Cactus Theatre MAR 5 - Durham, NC / Carolina Theatre
MAR 6 - Charlotte, NC / Ovens Auditorium
MAR 7 - Charleston, SC / Charleston Music Hall
MAR 28 - Brooksville, FL / Spring Bluegrass Festival APR 2 - Chicago, IL / City Winery
APR 3 - Madison, WI / Barrymore Theatre
APR 4 - St. Louis, MO / Sheldon Music Hall
APR 16 - Alexandria, VA / The Birchmere
APR 17 - New York, NY / City Winery
APR 18 - Portland, ME / Port City Music Hall More dates will be announced soon! To learn more, go to www.thesteeldrivers.com and follow along on social media:
About The SteelDrivers: What began as a casual get-together to jam in the late summer of 2005 became a fully committed band that signed with Rounder Records in 2007. The SteelDrivers released their eponymous debut album at the beginning of 2008, scoring a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for one of the songs in that set, “Blue Side of the Mountain.” That honor was replicated in 2010 when they received two more nominations for Reckless, their sophomore effort -- one for Best Bluegrass Album and another for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, courtesy of “Where Rainbows Never Die.”
The band’s third album, 2012‘s Hammer Down, climbed all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts, their highest placement yet. If there was any proof needed that their momentum had been maintained, The SteelDrivers‘ highly acclaimed fourth album, 2015‘s The Muscle Shoals Recording, garnered the group a long-elusive GRAMMY® win for Best Bluegrass Album. In addition, it earned three IBMA nominations – Album of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Long Way Down”), Songwriter of the Year (for Rogers) and Best Liner Notes (for writer Peter Cooper).
With the emphasis on song structure, elements of Americana, country, blues, rock and soul all enter the equation. Yet the Steels’ consistent standing at the IBMA awards – which began when they were voted Best Emerging Artist – testifies to the fact that they’ve been able to maintain a fierce following, growing their audience at every interval.
Actor, comedian and vocalist Bill Murray, a longtime, passionate supporter of the band, once made a surprise appearance at the Grand Ole Opry when he joined The SteelDrivers, alongside country folk singer-songwriter John Prine. And, moving even further outside the bluegrass world, mega-star Adele paid the group the ultimate compliment by covering one its most popular songs, "If It Hadn't Been For Love," for her Royal Albert Hall live concert album/video.
Ultimately, it’s all about the music. Tammy Rogers says, “We still have the same joy and enthusiasm that we did in the beginning. Even as the trajectory changes, the story continues to unfold.” And the story takes on a new chapter in early 2020 as The SteelDrivers release their fifth recording project, Bad For You.