The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.
The band is renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they often cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler's unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four-part harmonies inspired by their shared Mennonite heritage. Add to this Eric Brubaker's lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel's grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapp's signature mandolin style, and it's no surprise that The Steel Wheels have enthralled the contemporary Americana scene.
The values portrayed in their music—devotion to roots, community, and family—are a way of life for The Steel Wheels, and this is reflected in everything from production process and booking agency to merchandise and touring. For the past three years, they have performed an annual SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which band members tow their instruments, equipment, and merchandise from one gig to another via bicycle and blog about their adventures. Last year’s tour spanned 11 days, 550 miles, and 10 shows. This year's tour included multiple charity rides, such as Lose The Training Wheels, Charity Ride for Kids, and Wheels Up for Cory.
"'Truth: Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine could all learn something from these cats.' That's what I said last year when I pegged 'Rain In The Valley' as the second best song of the year. Nothing has changed except that they keep getting better. 'I Will Love You' is gorgeous in its simplicity."
The Cooperage is a full service restaurant/nightclub specializing in steak & seafood, with a large salad bar, good desserts and a full bar.
Tickets: $17 in advance, $20 day of show (including a $2 service charge).
To purchase: http://www.ampconcerts.org/event/140871-The-Steel-Wheels/
Tickets are also available through Hold My Ticket (112 2nd St SW),[masked], Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.
21 and over unless accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
Limited seating available.