Saturday – November 18, 2017, 7:30 PM
Discover why audiences enjoy listening to the combination of stellar instrumentals, one-of-a-kind lead vocals, and strong harmonies of The Steel Wheels, a band hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The name itself brings to mind a sense of forward motion, while drawing on the traditions of folk music and string bands.
The Steel Wheels began its journey in 2004, while the three founding members were studying at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The name The Steel Wheels is a tip of the hat to steam-powered trains, industrial progress, and the buggies of their Mennonite heritage. All four were raised in Mennonite families.
Trent Wagler writes most of the material as well as playing banjo and guitar and singing lead vocals. He is joined by Eric Brubaker on ﬁddle, Brian Dickel on bass, and Jay Lapp on the mandolin. Wagler began crafting songs and learned ﬂ at picking, Dickel took classes on building guitars, Brubaker joined on ﬁ ddle. Lapp joined The Steel Wheels after getting to know them on the local folk circuit.
Their new album, Wild As We Came Here, is a departure from the straight-up acoustic sound for which they are known. While considering oﬀ ers in Nashville, they chose instead to follow their instincts and producer Sam Kassirer to rural Maine, where in a week and a half in a renovated 18th century farmhouse, they created the album.
The band had about 40 songs stashed away before the sessions. None had been arranged, and only two or three had ever been played live. Brubaker has said that, “We had enough time to really build the songs from the ground up, examining each one to see what elements would best highlight the mood we were trying to capture.”
Don’t miss this band’s vivid imagery, which makes their performance a true joy.
Steel Wheels’ performance is sponsored by
Midgett Insurance Agency and Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill