|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Past members||Chris Stapleton
The SteelDrivers are a bluegrass band from Nashville, Tennessee. Members include fiddler Tammy Rogers, bassist Mike Fleming, guitarist Gary Nichols and banjoist Richard Bailey. The band has recorded two albums on the Rounder Records label and one independent live album recorded at The Station Inn.
After playing at bluegrass festivals they signed to Rounder Records and released a self-titled debut in 2008, featuring new lead singer Chris Stapleton, whose croaking voice resembles Tom Waits, setting them apart from other bluegrass bands. The album peaked at No. 57 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart. 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." 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."
Stapleton announced in April, 2010 that he was leaving the band to focus on raising his family. He was replaced by former Mercury Records artist Gary Nichols on lead vocals and guitar. In December, 2011 founding member Mike Henderson left the band in order "to do something different". Henderson was replaced by Nashville musician and record producer Brent Truitt.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|US Grass||US Country||US Heat|
|The Muscle Shoals Recordings||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2013||"I'll Be There"||Dycee Wildman|
|"Wearin' a Hole"|
|2015||"Long Way Down"|
- The Steeldrivers at Allmusic
- Billboard, Allmusic
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- "CMT : Videos : The SteelDrivers : Wearin' a Hole". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
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