The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels


Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels are familiar with the traditions of folk music and how a string band is supposed to sound. In fact, they’ve been drawing on those steadfast traditions for more than a decade. Yet, their name also evokes a sense of forward motion, which is clearly reflected in their latest album, Wild As We Came Here.

The Steel Wheels recorded their album in rural Maine, where producer Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter) owns a recording studio inside a renovated farmhouse from the 18th century. All four band members – Trent Wagler (guitar, banjo), Eric Brubaker (fiddle), Brian Dickel (upright bass) and Jay Lapp (mandolin) – hunkered down for a week and a half to create Wild As We Came Here.

The band’s name is a tip of the hat to steam-powered trains, industrial progress and the buggies of their Mennonite lineage. Their musical style weaves through Americana and bluegrass, folk and old-time music, and the acoustic poetry of the finest singer-songwriters. By incorporating percussion and keyboards into their recording sessions for the first time, Wild As We Came Here adds new textures to their catalog, as themes of discovery and perseverance run throughout the collection.


The Steel Wheels Stop By Paste
The Steel Wheels Featured On The Bluegrass Situation


Date City Venue
Apr 27 Peterborough, NH Peterborough Players Theater
Apr 28 Hudson, NY Club Helsinki
Apr 29 Ithaca, NY The Haunt
Apr 30 - May 01 Saratoga Springs, NY Caffe Lena
May 02 Northampton, MA Parlor Room @ Signature Sounds
May 03 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall
May 04 Fall River, MA Narrows Center for the Arts
May 05 Collinsville, CT Forty One Bridge Street
May 06 Newburyport, MA Firehouse Center for the Arts
May 25 Colorado Springs, CO MeadowGrass Festival
Jun 22 Effingham, IL Moccasin Creek Festival

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