The Steel Wheels


The Steel Wheels

“The Steel Wheels should be enjoyed because
they sound like no one else in roots music.”

No Depression

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The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original and soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community music. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound.

Their first release, 2010’s Red Wing, spent 13 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 chart, while the track Nothing You Can’t Lose was named Best Country Song at the Independent Music Awards. Their Lay Down,Lay Low was the 2012 Indie Music Association Album of the Year. Their latest release Leave Some Things Behind stands as the culmination of five years of artistic maturation and intensive roadwork.


The Wheels are renowned for the raw energy of their onstage chemistry where they commune “old style” around a single microphone to adorn lead singer, guitarist and banjo player Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker’s fiddle, Brian Dickel’s upright bass and Jay Lapp’s mandolin and guitars.

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The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past voiced through contemporary song writing. Their compositions are bound by a plainspoken eloquence and an unforced urgency. The Steel Wheels are selling out venues from coast to coast and appearing at many of the top festivals in the US & Canada.

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