Tammy Rogers

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Tammy Rogers
OriginTennessee, US
GenresBluegrass, Country
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
Instrument(s)Vocals, fiddle, violin, viola, cello, mandolin, guitar, banjo
Years active199x-present
LabelsDead Reckoning

Tammy Rogers (born 1966) is an American country music singer, songwriter and musician. In addition to releasing three albums on the Dead Reckoning Records label (which she founded with Kieran Kane), she is also a founding member of the Grammy Award winning bluegrass group The SteelDrivers and works as a studio musician, primarily on fiddle, violin and viola. She also wrote "A Little Gasoline", a single released by Terri Clark from her album Fearless.

Early life[edit]

Although Tammy Rogers was born in Tennessee, she was raised in Irving, Texas.[1] Tammy was a member of the Texas All-State orchestra for four consecutive years, a feat as of 2021 has not been repeated. A graduate of Nimitz High School 1983 and later Belmont University, she joined Patty Loveless' backing band after graduation, then moved on to back Trisha Yearwood.[2]


In the mid-1990s Rogers began working as a session musician, working with artists such as Kieran Kane (formerly of The O'Kanes). Kane and Rogers, along with Harry Stinson and Kevin Welch, founded Dead Reckoning Records in 1995.[3] Rogers and Dean Miller co-wrote Terri Clark's 2000 single "A Little Gasoline".[2]

Rogers has contributed to most of Buddy Miller's albums, and she cites him as a favorite artist.[4]

Her first album, In the Red (with Don Heffington), was released in 1995, followed by a self-titled album in 1996 and Speed of Love in 1999.

In 2008, she helped to found the bluegrass band The SteelDrivers on fiddle and harmony vocals. The band signed to Rounder Records and released a self-titled debut in 2008. The album peaked at No. 57 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[5] The group was nominated for a Grammy award in 2009 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for their song "Blue Side of the Mountain."[6] In 2010, the group received two nominations for its second album, Reckless. The album has been nominated for both Best Bluegrass Album and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song "Where Rainbows Never Die."[7]

Musical styles and critical reception[edit]

Rogers' debut album received a four-star review from Allmusic critic Richard Foss, who said that it showed country and bluegrass influences with "delightful twists".[8] Her self-titled second album was also met with favorable reviews. Country Standard Time critic Norm Rosenfield also described Tammy Rogers favorably, with his review noting the multiple guest musicians and prominent bluegrass influence.[9] Tony Scherman of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+ rating, saying that Rogers sounded like a "less-ethereal Alison Krauss".[10] Country Standard Time critic Dan Williams also compared Rogers to Krauss in his review of The Speed of Love, saying that she sounded like Krauss' "less tradition-bound older sister", and that her "achingly sweet soprano" made even the weaker tracks "consistently listenable".[11]



With the Steeldrivers[edit]

With Buddy and Julie Miller[edit]

As Guest Musician[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009 "Blue Side of the Mountain" Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
2011 Reckless Best Bluegrass Album Nominated
"Where Rainbows Never Die" Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Nominated
2015 The Muscle Shoals Recordings Best Bluegrass Album Won


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Tammy Rogers biography". Allmusic. Retrieved April 8, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Tammy Rogers". Dead Reckoners. Retrieved April 8, 2009.
  3. ^ "Music: Kieran Kane/Kevin Welch". Minneapolis Star Tribune. June 5, 1998. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2009.
  4. ^ Oakley, Richard (November 17, 2006). "A Q&A with the Steeldrivers' Tammy Rogers". The Pokearound. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Billboard, Allmusic
  6. ^ Flippo, Chet (January 22, 2009). "NASHVILLE SKYLINE: A Deserved Grammy Nod for SteelDrivers". CMT. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  7. ^ "Nominees". www.grammy.com. Grammy Awards. 2010. Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved April 17, 2023.
  8. ^ Foss, Richard. "In the Red review". Allmusic. Retrieved April 8, 2009.
  9. ^ Rosenfield, Norm (1996). "Tammy Rogers review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved April 8, 2009.
  10. ^ Scherman, Tony (June 14, 1996). "Tammy Rogers review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 8, 2009.
  11. ^ Williams, Dan (1999). "The Speed of Love review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved April 8, 2009.
  12. ^ https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/steeldrivers[dead link]

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