The Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, in cooperation with the Shelter Island Town Recreation Department, proudly presents an evening of contemporary country fusion with the Grammy-nominated SteelDrivers, from Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:30pm.
Nashville may be the only town around where salaried songwriters and full-time session musicians are as common as accountants and schoolteachers. Music is the product, and the factories line the street, from the swank Music Row mini-high-rises to the low-slung Sylvan Park bungalows. And only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town's commercial community who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls' reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. This is new music with the old feeling. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band's fusion as simply "an incredible combination."
Since the release of The SteelDrivers (2008) and Reckless (2010), The SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys, four IBMA awards and the Americana Music Association's New Artist of the Year. Their latest effort, Hammer Down, released earlier this year, has garnered excellent reviews. Bluegrass legend Tim O'Brien says, "I love how this band knows the rules enough to break them now and again. They show great taste and invention, using their own musical personalities and the basic building blocks of tradition to express some of the very best in modern bluegrass"
They were presented the International Bluegrass Music Association's award for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2009. That same year the band spent a week in Georgia as part of the cast in the movie "Get Low". The movie, that starred Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray, featured a soundtrack that included four tunes by The 'Drivers. In 2011 the English pop star Adele began performing the SteelDriver song "If It Hadn't Been For Love" in her live performances. Her opinion of The SteelDrivers is: "They're a blues, country, bluegrass, swagger band and they are brilliant." They have been invited to perform on numerous radio and TV shows ranging from The Grand Ole Opry to NPR's Mountain Stage to the Conan O'Brien show.
Opening for the Steeldrivers will be a jazz quintet, "A Jazz Connection" featuring vocalist Lisa Shaw, saxophonist John Ludlow, bassist Stephen Shaugnessy, guitarist Bryan Campbell, violinist Dan Skabeikis and trumpeter Dick Behrke.
SYLVESTER MANOR EDUCATIONAL FARM envisions a farm, a community, and a world where people celebrate food, arts, and inventiveness in the everyday, with a spirit of fairness and joy. Programming hosted by Sylvester Manor explore the arts and inform or enlighten the community. www.sylvestermanor.org
This concert is made possible through support from the Shelter Island Town Recreation Department.
Shelter Island School
33 North Ferry Road
Shelter Island, NY 11964