Hard Working Americans

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Hard Working Americans
Background information
OriginUnited States
GenresBlues rock, Southern rock
Years active2013-present
Associated actsWidespread Panic
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
MembersTodd Snider
Dave Schools
Neal Casal
Duane Trucks
Chad Staehly
Jesse Aycock

Hard Working Americans is an American rock supergroup formed in 2013. The band consists of singer Todd Snider, bassist Dave Schools from Widespread Panic, Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood on guitar and vocals, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi on keyboards and Duane Trucks, also from Widespread Panic, younger brother to Derek, on drums.[1]

Their debut performance was December 20, 2013 at a Boulder, CO benefit for Colorado Flood Relief.[2] They embarked on a US Tour shortly thereafter.

Their self-titled debut album Hard Working Americans was recorded in 2013 at Bob Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA. It is composed entirely of cover songs from artists ranging from Randy Newman to Drivin N Cryin. The album was produced by Schools and Snider, and was mixed by John Keane. John Popper guests on harmonica. Hard Working Americans was released on January 21, 2014 on Thirty Tigers/Melvin Records [3]

In 2016, the band released their second album, Rest in Chaos, which unlike their previous record, is composed primarily of original songs written by the band themselves.[4] The exception is the track "The High Price of Inspiration," written by Guy Clark for his album My Favorite Picture of You. Clark has a cameo speaking, and also plays guitar on the track. Rest in Chaos was written and recorded live as the band was finishing their first tour; using Snider's poetry to start the lyric, he finished the songs after principle recording was complete.[5] The album was produced by band member Dave Schools, and also featured the addition of Jesse Aycock to the band's lineup. Longtime friend and collaborator Elizabeth Cook sings on the track "Massacre."



Studio Albums[edit]


  • 2013 "Down to the Well" - Thirty Tigers / Melvin Records
  • 2014 "Stomp and Holler"[6]
  • 2016 "Opening Statement"[7]

Live albums[edit]

  • 2014 The First Waltz - Melvin Records
  • 2017 We're All In This Together - Melvin/Thirty Tigers


  1. ^ "Amazon.com: Hard Working Americans".
  2. ^ "Boulder theater: Hard Working Americans".
  3. ^ "Hard Working Americans website".
  4. ^ "Hard Working Americans Premiere New Song 'Opening Statement': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  5. ^ "Hard Working Americans Announce New Album 'Rest In Chaos'". JamBase. 2016-02-23. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  6. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 2014-03-06.
  7. ^ "Hard Working Americans: Rest in Chaos". PopMatters. Retrieved 2016-05-18.

External links[edit]

Official website