|Kelvin Damrell Jr. - Heart and Soul|
|Richard Bailey - Always Smiling|
Certainly an integral, and often overlooked component of The Steeldrivers' unique sound is the bluesy, twangy and instantly recognizable banjo stylings of Richard Bailey, an original Steeldriver who always looks like he's having the time of his life on stage--even when pulling off some of the most incredibly complex and innovative banjo licks in bluegrass today. Richard smiles, laughs and cracks jokes throughout the entire show--obviously enjoying every second of what he does on stage. Sitting up front, I also noticed he listens keenly to everything his bandmates do on stage, occasionally acknowledging a crazy lick or killer break with a raised eyebrow and tooth-baring grin. Like all banjo players, he is often the butt of on-stage tuning jokes, but gives as good as he gets with some good-natured ribbing of the rest of the band. His banjo playing is so instantly recognizable, a couple year ago I was walking into the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville where--unbeknownst to me--The Steeldrivers had picked up a last second gig, my friends heard a twangy banjo and said "Hey! There's bluegrass here John!"...and I replied "Yes! And not just bluegrass--THAT'S THE STEELDRIVERS!". True...it only took me about five notes of Richard's banjo playing to instantly identify the band.
|Brent Truitt - Gold Top Attitude|
|Rogers and Flemming - Heart and Soul|
|Gettin' Down with The Steeldrivers|
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