Strap yourself in and hang on The Road Hammers are back with Wheels (Open Road Recordings), a record that will resonate deeply with anyone who ever up and shook the dust off their boots and hit the road just for the hell of it.
Scheduled for release on June 3rd, Wheels is a tight set of raw and uncompromising tunes that telegraphs the unique sense of freedom found by getting behind the wheel of something, anything, and getting the hell out of Dodge. Nowhere is that more evident than on Wheels second single 'Mud,' a track dedicated to people who love getting dirty at high speed on motorbikes, trucks, hot rods or whatever they can fire up and head out on. "The album's called Wheels for a reason," says Jason McCoy (vocals/guitar). We didn't want to write a song just about trucking, but about 4x4's, four-wheeling, dirt biking, you name it, and 'Mud' is an extension of that."
Co-produced by Scott Baggett (Alison Krauss, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt) and McCoy, Wheels covers a lot of ground. Like previous Road Hammers records it reflects the band's love of the road with a mix of 'Hammerized' covers including Steve Earle's 'Hillbilly Highway' (featuring Colt Ford), Geoff Mack's classic 'I've Been Everywhere,' and blazing originals like lead single, 'Get On Down the Road.' "But it didn't have to be a highway song to make the cut, it just had to have a certain energy," McCoy says, referencing the Hammers' cover of BTO's 'Let It Roll,' which boasts a killer vocal performance by BTO co-founder and bassist Fred Turner.