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Hear the renowned bluegrass ensemble perform songs from their Grammy Award® winning album, The Muscle Shoals Recordings. The group continues its rich musical progression, conjuring music drenched in soul, blues, bluegrass, R&B, country, and rock ‘n’ roll. Songs include, “Ashes of Yesterday” and “Long Way Down.”
Richard Bailey, Banjo
Grammy nominated banjo player, Richard Bailey has recorded with such diverse artists as Al Green and George Jones. Featured in the book Masters of the 5-String Banjo, Bailey has performed with Bill Monroe, Roland White, Vassar Clements, Loretta Lynn, Chet Akins, Larry Cordle, Laurie Lewis, Dale Ann Bradley, and countless others. He has also recorded with Kenny Rogers, Michael Martin Murphy, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, and Ronnie Milsap and has played at Carnegie Hall and on Austin City Limits.
Mike Fleming, Bass/Vocals
A versatile veteran, Mike Fleming lays down the firm foundation and sings the baritone harmony that rounds out the SteelDrivers’ sound. A self-confessed “recovering banjo player,“ Mike has recorded with Holly Dunn, Joy Lynn White, and with groundbreaking singer/songwriter David Olney. In addition to traveling the world during stints with Dunn and Kevin Welch, Mike has appeared on Austin City Limits, Nashville Now, Crook and Chase, and too many Grand Ole Opry shows and festivals to count.
Tammy Rogers, Fiddle/Vocals
Growing up in a family bluegrass band that also included banjo great Scott Vestal, Tammy brings a lifetime of instrumental and vocal experience to the SteelDrivers. She was also in the legendary pre-Union Station bluegrass band Dusty Miller with Barry Bales, Tim Stafford, Adam Steffey, and Brian Fesler. No stranger to the studio, she has recorded with Neil Diamond, Wynonna, Rodney Crowell, Radney Foster, Bill Anderson, Iris Dement, Randy Scruggs, Patty Loveless, Buddy and Julie Miller, Jim Lauderdale, and many more. She has toured the world with Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Patty Loveless, Maria McKee, and the Dead Reckoners. Her songs have been recorded by Terri Clarke and Frances Black.
Gary Nichols, Guitar/Vocals
From Muscle Shoals to Music Row, the talk is always the same, “It’s Gary Nichols’ gritty and soulful story telling that sets him apart from the rest, he is the real deal!” Gary Nichols is in the ranks with all the great songwriters, musicians, producers and performers of the Muscle Shoals past and present. In 2002, Gary helped create the first “FAME Tuesday Music Club”, which consisted of bringing in young talent to develop their recording, performing and songwriting talents in the confines of historic FAME Studios. Gary took advantage of this opportunity to impress everyone at FAME with his work ethic and raw talent. In February of 2004, Gary signed a publishing deal with FAME Publishing Company and a major label deal with Mercury Records, Nashville. After releasing his first top 40 single, Unbroken Ground, his name has spread like wildfire through writing circles and record labels of Nashville and beyond. Now, this singer/guitar-slinger writes, produces, records and tours with the Ameri-Grass super group, The SteelDrivers.
Brent Truitt, Mandolin
Raised in the backwoods of Pure Air, Missouri, Brent Truitt comes from a long line of musicians. At age twelve, he picked up a mandolin and started playing along with his parents and grandfather at local festivals and went on to tour the mid-west extensively. In 1984, Truitt made the move to Nashville and has been fortunate enough to record and tour with legends like Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, and The Dixie Chicks. Along with being a proud new SteelDriver, Truitt is also an in-demand record producer and Grammy winning engineer, garnering two awards for The Riders in the Sky’s “Monsters Inc.” and “Woody’s Round Up Toy Story II”. In total Brent Truitt has recorded over 250 records with plenty more to come.