Whether it’s down in the mines or on the chain gang, hammers feature somewhat heavily in bluegrass music. This includes classics like “Big Spike Hammer” on the Bluegrass Album Band’s California Connection and “Nine Pound Hammer” on the Tony Rice Unit’s Manzanita—as well as clever modern cuts from Larry Keel, Blue Highway, and more. Enjoy this playlist of bluegrass songs about hammers!
David Chernack is a fiddler, mandolinist, and guitarist from the Hudson Valley. Trained as a classical violist, David found out about bluegrass music in high school and despite his best efforts has been unable to kick the habit in adulthood. He picked up mandolin and guitar in college in Boston, where he studied environmental science and music. While not at his day job or pickin' 'grass, David also enjoys birdwatching and wrenching on cars.