The Road Hammers (album)

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The Road Hammers
Studio album by The Road Hammers
Released May 10, 2005 (Canada)
June 24, 2008 (2008-06-24) (USA)
Genre Country rock
Length 48:26 (Canada)
48:57 (USA)
Label Open Road (Canada)
Montage Music Group (USA)
Producer Scott Baggett
Jason McCoy
The Road Hammers chronology
The Road Hammers
The Road Hammers II
Blood, Sweat & Steel
Montage U.S. release
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]

The Road Hammers is the debut album of The Road Hammers, a Canadian-based country rock band fronted by singer Jason McCoy. Released in 2005 on Open Road Recordings, it produced the singles "I'm a Road Hammer", "East Bound and Down" (a cover of the Jerry Reed song), "Nashville Bound" and "Girl on the Billboard" (a cover of the Del Reeves song). Each of these songs reached Top Ten on the Canadian country music charts for The Road Hammers. The song "A Heart with Four-Wheel Drive" was previously recorded by 4 Runner on their self-titled album, and "The Hammer Going Down" by Chris Knight on his self-titled debut album.

The album was released in the U.S. as Blood Sweat & Steel in 2008, including three new tracks produced by Michael Knox.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ignition" – 0:08
  2. "I'm a Road Hammer" (Denny Carr, Jason McCoy) – 4:05
  3. "Overdrive" (McCoy, Robert Ellis Orrall) – 3:49
  4. "Keep On Truckin'" (Scott Baggett, Clayton Bellamy, Chris Byrne, Denny Carr, McCoy) – 3:55
  5. "Girl on the Billboard" (Walter Haynes, Hank Mills) – 4:07
  6. "A Heart with Four-Wheel Drive" (Billy Maddox, Paul Thorn) – 3:41
  7. "East Bound and Down" (Jerry Reed) – 3:13
  8. "Call It a Day" (Steve Fox, McCoy, Tim Taylor) – 4:03
  9. "Nashville Bound" (Bellamy, McCoy) – 4:23
  10. "Willin'" (Lowel T. George) – 4:05
  11. "The Hammer Goin' Down" (Chris Knight, Dean Miller) – 5:15
  12. "I'm a Road Hammer Reprise" (Carr, McCoy) – 5:35
  13. "Flat Tires (Bloopers, Out-Takes 'N Such)" – 2:00
  14. "Absolutely Nothing" – 0:07
    • track is seven seconds of silence

Blood, Sweat & Steel[edit]

A reissue of the album, titled Blood Sweat & Steel, was released by Montage Music Group on June 24, 2008 in the United States, it serves as their debut album in that region. Three songs, produced by Michael Knox, were added to the album: The 2007 single, "I Don't Know When to Quit", that peaked at #51 on the Hot Country Songs chart, "Workin' Hard at Lovin' You" and "I've Got the Scars to Prove It".

  1. "I'm a Road Hammer" (Denny Carr, Jason McCoy) - 4:04
  2. "Workin' Hard at Lovin' You" (Byron Hill, Vicky McGehee, John Rich - 3:34
  3. "The Hammer Going Down" (Chris Knight, Dean Miller) - 5:07
  4. "East Bound and Down" (Jerry Reed) - 3:13
  5. "I Don't Know When to Quit" (Ashley Gorley, Dick Simpson) - 3:18
  6. "Girl on the Billboard" (Walter Haynes, Hank Mills) - 4:04
  7. "I've Got the Scars to Prove It" (Larry Haack, McCoy, Bobby Taylor) - 3:33
  8. "Nashville Bound" (Clayton Bellamy, McCoy) - 4:26
  9. "Overdrive" (McCoy, Robert Ellis Orrall) - 3:49
  10. "Keep on Truckin'" (Scott Baggett, Bellamy, Chris Byrne, Carr, McCoy) - 3:57
  11. "Willin'" (Lowel T. George) - 4:09
  12. "A Heart with Four Wheel Drive" (Billy Maddox, Paul Thorn) - 3:44
  13. "Flat Tires (Bloopers, Out-Takes 'N Such)" - 1:59

Awards and Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Canada (Music Canada)[3] Platinum

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 50
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 39