Sunday, June 30th
Iron Horse has gained notoriety over the years with viral videos that showcase their ability to transform any song into a bluegrass tune. Some of their most loved videos have been covers of such classic tunes such as Elton John's "Rocket Man," Metallica's "Enter Sandman," and Nirvana's "All Apologies."
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: Tony Robertson, Vance Henry, Anthony Richardson, and Ricky Rogers.
The band's roots go back to the late 1970s 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 three self-produced albums, containing previously un-released compositions, and Iron Horse-composed originals.
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. Iron Horse has recorded twelve projects for CMH Records. Tributes to Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Guns N' Roses, The Goo Goo Dolls, Hank Williams, Black Label Society as well as others.
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.