What do you get when you put masters of steel guitar together in a room? That sounds like the set up to a joke, but there’s no punchline this time. Andy Hall (resonator guitarist for the Infamous Stringdusters) and Roosevelt “The Dr.” Collier (of The Lee Boys) pull no punches in this creative collaboration. The two musicians, with the assistance of John Macy, have produced ten tracks of instrumental perfection, proving once again that crossing genres can breed a beautiful outcome.
Five tracks on Let The Steel Playare original, while the other five are unique spins on covers including the Grateful Dead’s “Crazy Fingers.” “Amazing complex chords that work so well together,” describes Hall. “I play the melody throughout, and then Roosevelt soars on the intro riff that we repeat at the end.” Hall and Collier first met on the high seas at the 2012 Jam Cruise and have played together on occasion ever since. Hall laces the songs on the CD with his classic bluegrass flavor, and Collier interjects his House of God spirit-filled riffs and rhythms on the gospel standards “This Little Light Of Mine” and “Power In The Blood.” They mirror each other’s playing on “Singing Steels” while resonator guitarist Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass) joins the action on the final track “Colfax Boogie.” Separately, Hall and Collier are powerhouses on their instruments, but together their skillful and tasteful playing mesmerizes. Here’s hoping for a sequel! (www.amazon.com)BC