A lot of talent went into the Actors Theatre of Louisville and SITI Company’s co-production of "Steel Hammer"—and I'm not just talking about the gifted, versatile, and physically robust six-person cast.
Back in his Drive-By Truckers days, Jason Isbell's songwriting and plaintive vocals provided the melodic, contemplative counterpoint to Patterson Hood's gritty rambling Southern Gothic story telling.
KDHX invited an eclectic group of St. Louis musicians to weigh in on their favorite concerts of the year. A formidable task, to be sure.
John Henry is a rock & roller at heart, steeped in the blues and allied with country. But he's as at home with an acoustic guitar and his ragged songs as he is with his rugged band, the Engine, on stage.
With a gritty, ever-expanding songbook of direct, emotional tunes, and a road-forged rock tightness, John Henry & the Engine revved up the KDHX studios with a live session.
What would Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band sound like if they cut their teeth on the mean streets of St. Louis? A little bit like John Henry & the Engine, who put an acoustic spin on their anthemic rock, live in the KDHX studios.