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The Steel Wheels

March 22, 2017

The Steel Wheels Release Video for “Scrape Me Off The Ceiling” Exclusively with Folk Alley

Wild As We Came Here Available May 5th

Nashville, Tenn. — March 22, 2017 — 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. Yet their name also evokes a sense of forward motion, which is clearly reflected in their latest album, Wild As We Came Here, distributed via Redeye Worldwide and available for purchase on May 5th. The album is currently available for pre-order via PledgeMusic.

Today, the band released the video for “Scrape Me Off The Ceiling” exclusively with Folk Alley. The video is comprised of footage from their week-long recording session in producer Sam Kassirer’s (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Elephant Revival) rural Maine farmhouse-turned-studio and Red Wing Roots Music Festival, a 3 day music experience the band started in Mt. Solon, Virginia. Read a short interview with Trent Wagler and watch the video here.

Wild As We Came Here is a significant leap for the band, which started its journey in 2004. Trent Wagler, Brian Dickel, and Eric Brubaker studied at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, about an hour from Charlottesville. Wagler and Dickel were in a punk/alternative band until acoustic music lured them in.Wagler soon started crafting songs and learned flat-picking. Dickel took classes on building guitars. They briefly played as a duo before Brubaker joined on fiddle. Jay Lapp eventually came on board after getting to know the band from the local folk circuit. In 2010, following a variety of EPs and LPs, the ensemble 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.

The band will tour extensively in support of this release with stops at key festivals including Merlefest, Floydfest, and others. For more information, please visit To request a review copy of Wild As We Came Here, please reply to this email.


On tour:

Mar. 22 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge

Mar. 23 – Little Rock, AR – South on Main

Mar. 26 – Baton Rouge, LA – Dyson Listening Room

Apr. 7 – Lewisburg, WV – Carnegie Hall

Apr. 8 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association

Apr. 9 – Cazenovia, NY – The Nelson Odeon

Apr. 28 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater

Apr. 29 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic

Apr. 30 – Wilkesboro, NC – Merlefest

May 4 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway

May 5 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck

May 6 – Wichita, KS – Orpheum Theatre

May 7 – Hastings, NE – The Lark

May 8 – Cedar Rapids, IA – CSPS Hall

May 10 – Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club

May 11 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School

May 12 – Goshen, IN – Goshen College

May 13 – Cleveland, OH – GAR Hall

May 27 – Galax, VA – Blue Ridge Music Center

Jun. 7 – NYC – City Winery

Jun. 8 – Cambridge, MA – Club Passim

Jun. 9 – Chestertown, MD – Garfield Center

Jun. 10 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head

Jul. 14-16 – Red Wing Roots Music Festival

Jul. 29-30 – Floyd Fest