One of the most popular bands in Americana music, The Steel Wheels, brings its show to Lancaster on Sunday, July 27, at Long's Park Amphitheater's free summer concert series.
The Steel Wheels are known for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn 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 on the mandolin and guitars.
The band's own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past, yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original songwriting. They've named this tour to honor the roots musicians who have influenced them. The group will perform some new unreleased songs in addition to some of their past hits.
The Steel Wheels are selling out venues from coast to coast and are appearing at many of the top festivals in the U.S. and Canada, including Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Stagecoach, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Musikfest, Walnut Valley Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Riverhawk, Kerrville Folk Festival, and many others.
In July the band hosts its annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival (www.redwingroots.com), bringing over 40 bands to four stages for three days of music & community. In addition, as the schedule allows, the band organizes and performs the SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which the band members tow their instruments, equipment and merchandise from one show to another via bicycle. Past tours have spanned up to 11 days, 600 miles and 10 shows. The attention from the SpokeSongs tours allow the band to raise extra money and awareness for charities and causes.