The Steel Wheels

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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.


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Date City Venue
Aug 18 - Aug 19 Grand Prairie, AB Bear Creek Folk Music Festival
Aug 24 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
Aug 25 Black Mountain, NC Pisgah Brewing Company
Sep 06 Beckley, WV Woodrow Wilson High School
Sep 07 Seymour, IN Rails Craft Brew & Eatery
Sep 08 Paola, KS Isinglass Estate
Sep 09 Manhattan, KS Music @ The Murdocks
Sep 10 Omaha, NE Reverb Lounge
Sep 13 - Sep 14 Winfield, KS Walnut Valley Festival
Sep 15 Lawrence, KS Lied Center of Kansas
Sep 21 Wilkesboro, NC Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival
Sep 22 Mount Joy, PA Vineyard at Grandview
Sep 27 Dayton, OH Levitt Pavilion
Sep 28 Springfield, MO Outland Complex – Front of House Lounge
Sep 29 Hesston, KS Hesston Mennonite Church
Sep 30 Hastings, NE The Listening Room Concert
Oct 03 Denver, CO Globe Hall
Oct 04 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
Oct 05 Boise, ID The Olympic
Oct 06 Spokane, WA The Bartlett
Nov 16 Augusta, GA Imperial Theatre

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