River Runs Red
Label: New Rounder
Temptation, loneliness, fate and murder are just some of the bases covered on this Grammy-nominated band's fourth album. The SteelDrivers deliver their raw and gritty bluegrass style straight from singer Gary Nichols' hometown, the iconic Muscle Shoals. With dirty and soulful vocals, he seems to relish in the town's rich musical history, as he reflects on his own experiences there (see the bluesy "Day Before Temptation"). Other highlights include the Jason Isbell-produced offerings "Brother John" and "Here She Goes," as well as "Ashes of Yesterday" and "Drinkin' Alone."