GAC Album Review: The SteelDrivers’ Hammer Down

With three Grammy nominations to their credit, Nashville bluegrass outfit The SteelDrivers were quickly emerging as one of the genre’s hottest new acts following the release of their 2010 sophomore album, Reckless. At the time of the release, however, the group was also breaking in a new singer, former Mercury Nashville recording artist Gary Nichols, [...] Read More

Billboard‘s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011

Billboard.com has released their list of the Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011. Albums were ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Congratulations to Alison Krauss & Union Station for having the Top Bluegrass Album of the year with Paper Airplane! What do you think of this ranking? Who’d top YOUR Top 50 [...] Read More

Billboard‘s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011

Billboard.com has released their list of the Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011. Albums were ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Congratulations to Alison Krauss & Union Station for having the Top Bluegrass Album of the year with Paper Airplane! What do you think of this ranking? Who’d top YOUR Top 50 [...] Read More

“Reckless”-ness Pays Off for The SteelDrivers

For some musical purists, Reckless might seem an appropriate title for The SteelDrivers’ latest CD, since mixing blues with country and bluegrass could be a risky combination. But for this group of six all-star musicians, it works beautifully and they have been embraced by the bluegrass world and beyond. This year the group garnered two Grammy nominations: their song [...] Read More

Darius Rucker On Writing for Country

Darius Rucker knows what it’s like to be on a roll. He’s done it twice. In 1995, he was a co-writer and the lead singer on four hits from one pop album as a member of Hootie + The Blowfish. In 2008, he was a co-writer and the singer on four hits from one album once again — but this time, it was his debut project as a country artist. Does he have to do something different to write country songs? Read More