I am on a personal mission to eradicate the idea that if it comes from Nashville, it must be plastic. Yes, the mainstream country industry is centered there, but there are so many talented musicians that call Nashville home. Having lived there myself once upon a time, I can tell you there are wonderful nights in the clubs, parties that bring together famous faces behind closed doors for magical evenings, and plenty of that precious creative juice that makes for memorable music. There is everything imaginable in Music City, from Rap to R&B, from Gospel to Grunge, from Blues to Bop. Having a business infrastructure allows the best and brightest to make some money playing on other folks’ sessions, while they keep their own music bubbling too.
The SteelDrivers inject some soul into their scorching Bluegrass delivery. They are an A team of artists, much in demand for their individual talents, and celestial when taken together. Fiddler Tammy Rogers, bassist Mike Fleming, guitarist Gary Nichols, Brent Truitt on mando, and banjoist Richard Bailey bring the joy to performance. The band has three acclaimed albums under their collective belt. They were nominated for a Grammy award in 2009 for their first album, and in 2010, their second album received two Grammy nominations. Today we get to bring you a song that, as yet, has not yet found its way onto an album. The SteelDrivers came to play for the Music Fog Spring Marathon at Threadgill’s WHQ a couple of weeks ago in Austin, TX. I gotta say, this is the way to start a week. Here is “When You Don’t Come Home,” written by Tammy Rogers and Gary Nichols.