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The Steel Wheels are an electrifying American band - taking the traditional, reinventing it and making it new. And they're coming back to Bellows Falls for an unprecedented fourth show in three years. From their first two packed-house shows to their barn-burning mainstage appearance at the 2012 Roots on the River festival, the Steel Wheels own the stage.
"If one must compare The Steel Wheels to another act in order to get an idea of their music imagine a blend of the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show and then sprinkle in the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers. In truth attempting to compare them with anyone is an injustice." - John Walker, Americana Roots
"Americana music at its best!" - Larry Groce, Mountain Stage
"There is purity and power in the sound of this band that few come close to tapping. Tight pickin', passionate energy, and Wagler's voice soars like an eagle." – Martin Anderson, WNCW
"If you've heard them, you know what I mean. There are plenty of great musical acts out on the road, all making great music. And yet, there are those few who are so distinctly unique, in their own way, they stand above the rest. The Steel Wheels have that something extra that makes them one of those bands that can write their own ticket in this new era of live string music." - Greg Tutwiler, Americana Rhythm Magazine
"I absolutely am nuts for The Steel Wheels. Amazing talent. I hear a lot of stuff and I was just stunned by this band." - Julie Sullivan, Pickin' in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival, Flagstaff, AZ
Their music is rooted in the territory between blues and bluegrass, old-time sing-alongs and foot-stomping fiddle melodies. They are subtle innovators who respect the past but whistle their own tunes, layering in rich textures and decidedly modern energy to forge a new sound. Their music is part of a vital new tradition in old-time music, explored by artists such as Gillian Welch, Little Sadie, the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show.
The four-piece Steel Wheels is based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where multi-instrumentalist Jay Lapp and vocalist Trent Wagler were born and took inspiration from church hymns and folk music. The two are joined by upright bassist Brian Dickel and fiddler Eric Brubaker. The band shines exceptionally in their live shows, where their palpable chemistry creates an incendiary experience. Just listen to their four-part harmonies that support and accentuate Wagler’s scratchy tenor, and you'll become a believer, too.
Opening the show is Brian Webb, the extraordinary Boston-via-Atlanta singer-songwriter too long absent from these parts.
The Steel Wheels will support the music program at Bellows Falls’ Central Elementary School. A financial contribution will be made by the band to the school based on the number of tickets sold.
Doors: 7 pm, Showtime: 7:30pm.
$25 priority seating, $18 general admission and $16 balcony. $20 at door. There is a special category for those who have seen the Steel Wheels and know how good they are and wish to spread the word: 5-tickets-for-the-price-of-4 priority seats: $99.00, plus the purchaser and a guest get to have brunch with The Steel Wheels the next day!
Tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Turn it Up! in Brattleboro and Misty Valley Books in Chester. Doors open at 7:00pm. For more information, call 802.463.9595. There is plenty of free parking available at the Centennial and Elks Club lots and on the street. This show is presented by Flying Under Radar and Kicking & Screaming in association with Vermont Festivals, LLC.