The SteelDrivers (album)

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The SteelDrivers
The SteelDrivers - The SteelDrivers Cover.jpg
Studio album by
The SteelDrivers
ReleasedJanuary 15, 2008 (2008-01-15)
LabelRounder Records
  • Luke Wooten
  • The Steeldrivers
The SteelDrivers chronology
The SteelDrivers

The SteelDrivers is the eponymous debut album by The SteelDrivers. It was released by Rounder Records on January 15, 2008.

Critical reception[]

Professional ratings
Review scores
PopMatters7/10 stars[1]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[2]

Cybergrass writes, "When originally released, the album peaked at #57 on the Billboard Country Albums chart,[3] and garnered a GRAMMY® nomination[4] for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Blue Side of the Mountain.""[5]

Robert Short of PopMatters gives the album 7 out of a possible 10 stars and says, "After road-testing the material in clubs and festivals, the band is finally ready to unveil their debut set of eleven originals. Amongst its other industry vets, fiddler Tammy Rogers, mandolin player Mike Henderson, bassist Mike Fleming, and banjo player Richard Bailey, these players have performed and recorded with everyone from Al Green to Waylon Jennings, Reba McEntire to Bo Diddley."[1]

Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine gives the album 3½ out of a possible 5 stars and writes, "the self-titled debut for The SteelDrivers, a five-piece outfit comprised of veteran Nashville session musicians, is the kind of break from tradition that can bring some much needed new energy to a tired genre."[2]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Chris Stapleton and Mike Henderson, unless otherwise noted.

1."Blue Side of the Mountain" 3:28
2."Drinkin' Dark Whiskey" 2:53
3."Midnight Train to Memphis" 3:02
4."Midnight Tears"
5."If You Can't Be Good, Be Gone" 2:30
6."If It Hadn't Been for Love" 3:58
7."Hear the Willow Cry"
8."Sticks That Made Thunder" 4:08
9."East Kentucky Home" 2:37
10."To Be With You Again" 3:34
11."Heaven Sent"
Total length:35:50


  • Christ Stapleton recorded a solo version of "Midnight Train to Memphis" on his album From A Room: Volume 2 (2017).



  • Mastered by Luke Wooten
  • Mixed by Luke Wooten
  • Produced by Luke Wooten, The SteelDrivers

Track information and credits verified from the album's liner notes.[6]


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b Short, Robert (14 January 2008). "The SteelDrivers: The SteelDrivers". PopMatters. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b Keefe, Jonathan (13 January 2008). "Review: The Steeldrivers, The Steeldrivers". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Billboard - Top Country Albums". Billboard. 14 March 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  4. ^ "GRAMMY Award Results for SteelDrivers". GRAMMY. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  5. ^ "he SteelDrivers' 2008 Debut Album Now on Vinyl". Cybergrass. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  6. ^ The SteelDrivers (liner notes). The SteelDrivers. Rounder. 2008. 11661-0598-2.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)

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