Hard Working Americans
Grateful Web recently had the chance to speak with keyboardist and producer Chad Staehly. He’s a member of the rock’n’roll roots group Hard Working Americans. Featuring some of the most established talents in American music including vocalist/guitarist Todd Snider, guitarists Neal Casal and Jesse Aycock, bassist Dave Schools, and drummer Duane Trucks, the band which began as a group project has grown into their own after four years of touring and recording.
Throughout music history, the breakthrough albums for several legendary artists were live recordings Live At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band, Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton, and Alive by KISS. Now four decades later, history seems poised to repeat itself with the release of We’re All In This Together, the powerful, new live album by Hard Working Americans.
Throughout music history, the breakthrough albums for several legendary artists were live recordings – At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band, Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton, and Alive by KISS. Now four decades later, history seems poised to repeat itself with the release of We’re All In This Together, the powerful, new live album by Hard Working Americans.
Hard Working Americans have announced the release of their second studio album, 'Rest In Chaos,' on May 13 via Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers.
With the exception of Guy Clark's "The High Price of Inspiration," the 13-track album was written by the band on the road, live in six different studios.
Hard Working Americans will return in August for a summer tour, following a brief hiatus to tend to their regular gigs. Hard Working Americans features vocalist Todd Snider, bassist Dave Schools, guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Chad Staehly, guitarist Jesse Aycock and drummer Duane Trucks. Stops will include performances in St. Louis, Birmingham, Athens, Columbus, Asheville and Richmond (See Tour Dates Below).
We've got quite the supergroup in store for you Saturday night at NedFest: Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Todd Snyder, Chad Staehly, Duane Trucks (yes, another one of those Truckses), and Jesse Aycock will knock your socks off with high-energy working class rock and roll! Want a taste? Check out the trailer from Justin Kreutzman's movie "The First Waltz" that he filmed about the band last year: https://youtu.be/mIV0SsIX0gE
It’s hard to use the term super-group without a couple of obvious stigmas surfacing. It usually constitutes musicians who were sensationalized with other bands coming together to benefit off of the novelty of their collaboration with other already successful players. Often the results are under-inspired, a lucrative opportunity to make a quick buck off of an established name. Not every band assembled of already established players constitutes super group.
Hard Working Americans, featuring Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Duane Trucks, Chad Staehly and Jesse Aycock, has announced the release of The First Waltz on October 28. The First Waltz is both a live album and live concert rockumentary film, which will be sold together in a special two-disc package via Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers. Take a look at this trailer of The First Waltz (Click HERE).