The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels

Alan Barnosky

Fri Aug 24

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 advance, $18 day-of, $23 seated (limited)

This event is all ages

The Steel Wheels
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.
Alan Barnosky
Alan Barnosky
"A fella that sings like this with this kind of work on the lyrics must be channeling Woody Guthrie... The pickin’ is real nice, but the vocal steals it... You just believe every line he sings." -- Ear To The Ground Music

Alan Barnosky is a flatpicking guitarist and songwriter proudly nestled within the realms of folk, bluegrass, and Americana. His recently released debut solo album Old Freight reached number 10 in the national Folk DJ Chart in March 2018, with two tracks off the record in the top 5 songs ("Old Freight" and "Bowling Green"). Barnosky was an official showcase artist at this year's Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference and will be featured in the Songwriter Showcase at the 2018 IBMA World of Bluegrass festival.