The Steel Drivers - Reckless
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The Steel Drivers - Reckless

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What the SteelDrivers did so well on their self-titled debut, and what they build on throughout Reckless, is incorporate a heavy dollop of traditional blues and Southern soul into their brand of bluegrass. Songs like “Peacemaker” and standout “The Price” break from typical bluegrass form in that they are driven by insistent rhythm tracks and repeated instrumental figures rather than by show-offy fingerpicking. Fiddler Tammy Rogers, banjoist Richard Bailey, and multi-instrumentalist Mike Henderson don’t pull focus from their songs with extended solos; instead, they prove their phenomenal skill in more subtle ways, such as Rogers’s lonesome, high fiddle lines on “You Put the Hurt on Me” and Bailey’s bluesy banjo riff that runs throughout “Guitars, Whiskey, Guns, and Knives.” On Reckless, the SteelDrivers sound even more like a fully formed band than they did on their debut. -Slant


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