Steeldrivers Add Kelvin Damrell As Lead Singer/Guitarist

The SteelDrivers have announced that Kelvin Damrell has officially joined the group as lead singer and guitarist. The group’s lead singers have previously included Gary Nichols and Chris Stapleton.

The band posted this message on their Facebook page welcoming Damrell into the fold: “Hello folks. We have some great news to share tonight. We are officially announcing that Kelvin Damrell will be our new singer and guitar picker! Most of you know that we had to part ways with our long time partner Gary Nichols last year. It took us a while to heal up and get it together. To be honest, we didn’t know for sure if we’d ever be able to replace such a massive talent. But we eventually found this young fella from the hills of Kentucky who can absolutely rock the grass! Much like G-Ray, Kelvin grew up singing and playing electric guitar in local rock bands. He’s a great musician. His singing is soulful and from the heart with a big dose of bluesy grit. We’re thrilled to have Kelvin join us.”

A native of Berea, Kentucky, Damrell grew up in a family of bluegrass Gospel singers, but he counts his father, who worked in construction, as his greatest musical influence.
“I started out as a drummer but quickly switched to guitar once I found out my Dad and I could jam together. I found my voice as a child in a little country church. My first song was ‘I’ll Fly Away’ sang hidden behind Juanita Hounshell’s piano. I was a big fan of The SteelDrivers before I got the call. Coming on board with such amazing musicians is an honor and a dream come true.” 
The band is heading back into the studio soon to work on their next project.


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