17.00 to 96.00
Nashville, Tennessee, the great melting pot of musical tradition, gives birth to a band both original, yet rooted in the best of everything that came before. Five musicians with over 100 combined years of time on the job, come together to form The SteelDrivers, new music with the old feeling.
Richard Bailey - Banjo
Grammy nominated banjo player, Richard Bailey has recorded with such diverse artists as Al Green and George Jones. Featured in the book "Masters of the 5-String Banjo", Richard has performed with Bill Monroe, Roland White, Vassar Clements, Loretta Lynn, Chet Akins, Larry Cordle, Laurie Lewis, Dale Ann Bradley and countless others. He has also recorded with Kenny Rogers, Michael Martin Murphy, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette and Ronnie Milsap and has played at Carnegie Hall and on Austin City Limits.
Mike Fleming - Bass/Vocals
Mike Fleming lays down the firm foundation and sings the baritone harmony to round out the SteelDriver's sound. A versatile veteran, Mike has recorded with Holly Dunn, Joy Lynn White and with groundbreaking singer/songwriter David Olney. In addition to traveling the world during stints with Dunn and Kevin Welch, Mike has appeared on Austin City Limits, Nashville Now, Crook and Chase, and too many Grand Ole Opry shows and festivals to count!
Mike Henderson - Mandolin/Vocals
Mike Henderson is a veteran songwriter and award winning musician on the Nashville scene. He has recorded with such artist as Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Mark Knopfler, Albert King, Hank Williams, jr., Johnny Lang, Peter Rowan, Guy Clark, John Hiatt, Sting, Delbert McClinton, Bob Seger, Bo Diddley, Faith Hill, Lucinda Williams, Nitty Gritty Dirt band and many others. Mike's songs have been recorded by a number of acts including the Dixie Chicks, Kenny Rogers, Daryl Worley, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Travis Tritt, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Solomon Burke, Marty Stuart, Gary Allan and Randy Travis.
Tammy Rogers - Fiddle/Vocals
Tammy Rogers has a life spent in music. Growing up in a family bluegrass band that also included banjo great Scott Vestal, Tammy brings a lifetime of instrumental and vocal experience to the SteelDrivers. No stranger to the studio, she has recorded with many top artists, among them: Neil Diamond, Wynonna, Rodney Crowell, Radney Foster, Bill Anderson, Iris Dement, Randy Scruggs, Patty Loveless, Buddy & Julie Miller, Jim Lauderdale and others. Tammy has toured the world with Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Patty Loveless, Maria McKee and the Dead Reckoners. Her songs have been recorded by Terri Clarke and Frances Black.
Chris Stapleton - Guitar/Vocals
Chris Stapleton is a rising star on the Nashville scene. The Paintsville, Kentucky native whose powerful "sandpaper to silk" voice helps give the SteelDrivers their distinctive sound has recorded with Daryl Worley, Gary Allan, Lee Ann Womack, Trent Wilmon, James Otto and others. As a songwriter, his compositions have been covered by many popular artists including Tim McGraw, Brooks and Dunn, Julie Roberts, Daryl Worley, Trent Wilmon, Gary Allan, Patty Loveless, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Lee Ann Womack, Montgomery Gentry, and the Lonesome River Band. In addition, Chris recently scored a number one single, "Your Man" by Josh Turner.
With an ever-evolving musical style characterized by a hard rock sound, it's hard to believe that Grammy nominated band Skillet has been playing Christian rock since 1996. However, the band's accessible music, universal lyrics, and lavish tour dates have made them hugely popular with fans of all beliefs. While Skillet has had a reputation for revolving band members, the current lineup of Jonathan Salas, John Cooper, Korey Cooper, and Jen Ledger is putting on many a memorable tour date in 2011. While concert dates for the Avalanche Tour are over, Skillet has plenty of 2011 tour dates where fans can check out new addition Jonathan Salas and the rest of Skillet live.
Skillet was formed by current lead singer and bassist John Copper (formerly of Seraph) former guitarist Ken Steorts (of Urgent Cry). The two met while on tour with their respective Tennessee bands and decided to form a side project. Skillet signed to ForeFront Records and -- in 1996 -- released their self-titled debut album. Fans enjoyed Skillet's post-grunge style and the band went on a number of concert dates around the US while writing material for their second album, Hey You, I Love Your Soul. Soon after the album's release, John's wife Korey (formerly of Alkeme) joined the band to play keyboards live and has since become a fixed and popular member of Skillet, taking on keyboards, synth, and rhythm guitar. Skillet's next album, Invincible, was released in early 2000 and became been their highest selling album to date.
Even with such a heavy workload, Skillet continued to play a number of concert dates while writing their fifth album, Alien Youth. The album's self-titled lead single was a hit on Christian charts, propelling Skillet on to a number of headlining tour dates in promotion of the album. More changes came for Skillet on their sixth album, Collide. While the electronic and rock sounds were kept, the music developed a harder sound that was offset by softer instruments like the violin, similar to Evanescence. Fans seemed to enjoy the adapted sound and the album was followed up by the release of Comatose in October of 2006. The album generated a number of hit singles that not only swarmed Christian music charts, but broke into mainstream charts as well.
Skillet's latest full-length album, Awake, was released in August of 2009. The album reached a three-way tie for the highest-charting Christian album on the Billboard Hot 200 when it reached the #2 spot. Korey Cooper released a remix of "Monster" on their podcast in 2010, and the ensuing popularity inspired the upcoming Awake and Remixed EP. Skillet can currently be found on a number of tour dates in 2011 following the Avalanche Tour, with performances lasting until the end of the year. Skillet's remaining tour dates in 2011 jump around the country a bit, going back and forth between the east and west coasts in a matter of days. After a solid concert schedule in June, July, and August, Skillet has just a few concert dates in September. Skillet has one scheduled concert date in October before scheduled 2011 tour dates end on December 30 in Lynchburg, Virginia. It's likely that Skillet will add more 2011 tour dates in the fall, so make sure to check concert dates on Eventful to see when Skillet will be in your area.