Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Iron Horse was formed in 2000 in the famous hit recording capital of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The band consists of four members including Vance Henry, guitar, lead & tenor vocals; Anthony Richardson, banjo, baritone & bass vocals; Ricky Rogers, bassist, baritone & lead vocals; and Tony Robertson, mandolin, lead & tenor vocals. The bands roots go back to the late 1970’s, when Tony Robertson and Ricky Rogers were charter members of the popular local group, “The Next in Line”. Through the years and after involvement with several groups, the present band was born as a result of the participation of Tony Robertson, Vance Henry and Ricky Rogers in the Jake Landers Band. In January 2003, Anthony was asked to fill an opening for a banjo player and the present Iron Horse configuration evolved. Iron Horse creates much of its own music, with an innate ability for cross-genre arrangements. Iron Horse has one self-produced album, “Ridin’ Out the Storm”, containing fourteen songs, with ten previously un-released compositions, six of which are Iron Horse-composed originals. “Ridin’ Out the Storm” was released in December 2001. Iron Horse was approached in January 2003 by Los Angeles-based CMH Records to record a tribute album to the heavy metal band, Metallica, which was released in October 2003. Be sure to check on line or at Wal-Mart Stores for the Iron Horse CD “Fade to Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Tribute to Metallica”. Also look for “Black & Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne, released in March 2004 on CMH Records. Iron Horse has recorded a third CMH project, a bluegrass tribute to Led Zeppelin that was released in January 2005. Also, a fourth project which is a Tribute to Modest Mouse. Release date was November of 2004. To date Iron Horse has recorded a total of seven projects for CMH.
The skill and ability of Iron Horse to transpose metal to bluegrass while maintaining the identity of the originals is exceptional. The versatility of Iron Horse is demonstrated by the more traditional flavor of their first CD, “Ridin’ Out the Storm”. This versatility enables Iron Horse to perform such standards as “Rocky Top” and “Man of Constant Sorrow” with little effort, while entertaining “metal-heads” with the familiarity of the compositions of metal and pop icons – all on the same stage.
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