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. In 2010, following a variety of EPs and LPs, the ensemble, consisting of Trent Wagler, Eric Brubaker, Brian Dickel, and Jay Lapp, officially branded itself as The Steel Wheels, a tip-of-the-hat to steam-powered trains, industrial progress, and the buggies of their Mennonite lineage. Then as now, The Steel Wheels’ style weaves through Americana and bluegrass music, folk and old-time music, and the acoustic poetry of the finest singer-songwriters. By incorporating percussion and keyboards into the 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. Huss & Dalton Guitar Company employed Brian Dickel and Eric Brubaker while the 'wheels were getting their momentum.
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