The SteelDrivers: Rockin’ the Rams Head

Last Thursday evening, Candice and I made the trek to the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis to catch The SteelDrivers – one of the more innovative and energetic bands in bluegrass today.  It was my introduction to their live music and we weren’t disappointed.

First of all, this is not your father’s bluegrass.  There are equal parts Nashville, soul, bluegrass, great songwriting, and strong instrumental chops.  I’ve seen Tammy Rogers when she played with Patty Loveless, but her work with the SteelDrivers goes to another level.  On Thursday, she gave the band the energy that had the crowd roaring from the opening notes.  Banjo player Richard Bailey was understated but beyond solid, Gary Nichols has a terrific voice out of the Muscle Shoals tradition and bassist Mike Flemming provided the band’s foundation  both instrumentally and vocally.  I especially liked the addition of Mike Henderson’s metal body National guitar, with the slide taking the place of the more traditional bluegrass Dobro.  A great sound.

The real surprise for me was that the songwriting of this band is especially strong.  Over the course of their almost two-hour show, they come up with some of the best country phrases around:

  • “Drinking dark whiskey, tellin’ white lies”
  • “If you can’t be good, be gone”
  • “You put the hurt on me like I never felt before”
  • And the classic, “Guitars, whiskey, guns, and knives…three’s a crowd and four’s a fight.”

This is a terrific band, and they rocked the Rams Head Tavern on Thursday night.  The crowd was knowledgeable and appreciative, and the SteelDrivers responded.

Catch them the next time they are in your town.  But until then, enjoy a little corn liquor (although the studio version doesn’t do justice to the energy in the live show).

More to come…


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 68 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 329 posts. There were 207 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 385mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 20th with 145 views. The most popular post that day was Our Year in Photos – 2010.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for monument valley, bratislava, farnsworth house, samuel beckett bridge dublin, and samuel beckett bridge.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Our Year in Photos – 2010 November 2010
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Monument Valley September 2008


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We passed 30,000 total views since the blog began.  Happy New Year to all and best wishes for a great 2011.

More to come…