Andy Hall & Roosevelt Collier Release LET THE STEEL PLAY
Andy Hall of The Infamous Stringdusters and Roosevelt Collier of the Lee Boys have come together on a new album, Let The Steel Play, which is set for independent release June 16, 2017. Let the Steel Play was born out of a love of slide guitar, and a friendship made through music. Andy Hall and Roosevelt Collier met in 2012 on Jam Cruise, and began playing music together when their paths would cross. Both are sought after sit-in players at festivals throughout the country and known for their dexterity, versatility, and intuitive knack for picking up rhythms and melodies.
Andy comes from the world of bluegrass, and cut his teeth in Nashville's vibrant country and bluegrass scene having performed with Earl Scruggs, Ryan Adams, and Dolly Parton (who he is also on two albums with). Roosevelt "The Dr." was born into the Sacred Steel sound, learning lap and pedal steel at a young age directly under his uncles and grandfather in the House of God church his family attended in Perrine, FL. Roosevelt has performed alongside BB King, Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers, and Del McCoury Band.
Coming from different backgrounds and methods, yet brought together through slide guitar, Roosevelt and Andy have joined forces to create a musical bridge that emanates a freshness, yet honors both traditions.
The bluegrass tradition is highlighted by classics such as a haunting and melodic version of "A Maiden's Prayer," which was written initially for piano in Poland and made popular in the 1930's in America by Bob Wills who arranged it on fiddle in a more Western Swing style and added lyrics; it was later recorded by Buck Owens and Willie Nelson. Let The Steel Play also includes the 1920's folk song made popular by Flatts and Scruggs, "Reuben's Train," which is jazzed up even more in it's evolution here.
The time-honored song "This Little Light Of Mine" is played in both bluegrass and gospel music. Andy says, "We chose it because it seemed like a natural bridge between our two styles, and it is just fun to play. Roosevelt's unique way of playing bass parts on the steel is highlighted in the breakdown section."
"Power In the Blood" showcase the sounds of Sacred Steel. Written by Lewis E. Jones in 1899, the slides take on a very vocal style here; you can almost imagine yourself in church, feeling the holy spirit!