The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels

biography

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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TOUR DATES

Date City Venue
Jul 22 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
Jul 23 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
Jul 28 Thomas, WV The Purple Fiddle
Jul 29 - Jul 30 Floyd, VA Floyd Fest
Aug 05 Calgary, AB Ironwood Stage
Aug 06 - Aug 07 Canmore, AB Canmore Folk Festival
Aug 13 Lancaster, PA Long’s Park Amphitheater
Aug 25 Ontonagon, MI Porcupine Mountains Music
Aug 26 Buchanan, MI Buchanan Common
Aug 27 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
Sep 09 Brevard, NC Mountain Song Festival
Sep 15 Kansas City, MO Knucklehead’s
Sep 16 - Sep 17 Winfield, KS Walnut Valley Festival
Sep 19 - Sep 20 Wray, CO 4th & Main Downtown Grille
Sep 21 Boulder, CO Chautauqua Auditorium
Sep 24 Louisville, KY Bourbon & Beyond Festival

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