The Steel Wheels
Skyflight Productions presents an evening with The Steel Wheels from Harrisonburg, VA on Thursday August 2, 2012 at the Albert S George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH. The Steel Wheels are truly an Americana band, rooted in musical styles that explore the territories between blues and bluegrass, old-time sing-alongs and foot-stompin' fiddle tunes. They are subtle innovators who respect the past but whistle their own tunes, layering in rich textures and decidedly modern energy to forge a new sound.
"Imagine a blend of the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show, and then sprinkle in the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers. In truth, attempting to compare [The Steel Wheels] to anyone is an injustice, since after one listen you can hear that they stand very well on their own perch." - John Walker, Americana Roots
2010 was a breakout year for The Steel Wheels with 5 nominations from the Independent Music Awards and numerous placements on "best of the year" lists. The four-piece band is based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where lead singer and primary songwriter Trent Wagler has been a scene staple for nearly a decade. Multi-instrumentalist Jay Lapp was touring with several successful Midwest bands when he and Wagler crossed paths in Harrisonburg, Virginia and a musical partnership began. The two are joined by upright bassist Brian Dickel and fiddler Eric Brubaker to form The Steel Wheels.
"There is purity and power in the sound of this band that few come close to tapping. Tight pickin', passionate energy, and Wagler's voice soars like an eagle." Martin Anderson, WNCW Music Director
Wagler's voice which has been compared to that of Darrell Scott and John Fogerty is accentuated by smooth four-part harmonies. Brubaker's fiddle, both lively and evocative, suits the band exactly, and Dickel's upright bass grounds the outfit. Jay Lapp's signature mandolin style is remarkable and unmistakable.
The band shines exceptionally in their live shows, and their palpable chemistry translates easily to their latest album, Red Wing, which garnered critic's praise and was met with tremendous success on the radio. It spent 13 weeks on the Americana Music Association Top 40 radio charts, topping out at #15 as well as cracking the top 10 of the EuroAmericana charts. Red Wing ranked #70 of the top 100 Americana albums of 2010 and #2 of all independent releases (Americana Music Association).
The Steel Wheels have quickly built a following across the US and Canada that appreciates the honest and deceptively simple sound. They have appeared at Americana festivals such as the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Floydfest, Albino Skunk Music Festival, Smoky Hill River Festival, Atlanta Dogwood, Folk Alliance, Appalachian Uprising and many more. In addition they have headlined at venues such as NPR's Mountain Stage, Eddie's Attic, The Ark, Bluebird Café, Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse, Club Passim, and Calgary Folk Club among others. Wagler and Lapp also have taken a duo show to Ireland and have appeared with Peter Rowan at the 'Ards International Guitar Festival.
In keeping with their music that takes a traditional idea on a modern adventure, The Steel Wheels organize an annual "Spokesongs" bicycle music tour. Averaging 10 shows and covering 500 miles in 10 days they've pedaled themselves through the mountains of Virginia and the hills of Michigan, hauling their own gear the whole way. It's one more example that the inherent skill and energy, trust in the value of simplicity and a marked talent for taking something old-fashioned and making it relevant for today is one of The Steel Wheels' greatest strengths.
Albert S. George Youth Center/Barnesville Memorial Park (View)
130 Fair St.
Barnesville, OH 43713
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