The SteelDrivers – Hammer Down (2013)
The SteelDrivers are a bluegrass band from Nashville, Tenessee, and Reckless is their third album.
Musically, it’s fairly standard fare and what you’d expect from a bluegrass band; banjo, fiddle, bass. The dual male/female vocals work really well and give a good sound. Some of the songs are upbeat, while others are sombre.
Thematically, it’s pretty cliched: love, loss, drinking, cheating, music. Not that it is a bad thing, it is about getting exactly what you aim to get.
I really enjoyed Reckless, the production value is high, the music is great, toe-tapping and catchy; I was singing along after just one listen, and I think that is the sign of good folk music.
Favourite tracks: Shallow Grave, Burnin’ The Woodshed Down, Wearin’ A Hole
Spotify link: The Steeldrivers – Hammer Down