The Steel Wheels have long been at home in the creative space between tradition and innovation, informed by the familiar sounds of the Virginia mountains where the band was formed. Their style weaves through Americana and bluegrass music, folk and old-time music, and the acoustic poetry of the finest singer-songwriters. In 2005, Jay Lapp and Eric Brubaker joined lead singer Trent Wagler in forming the band as a vehicle for Wagler’s songwriting. Kevin Garcia joined in 2017. They adopted the name “The Steel Wheels” with the 2010 release of Red Wing and released three more albums in the next five years. Their 2020 Everyone a Song albums include songs commissioned by individuals for a specific relationship or event. After thousands of shows, The Steel Wheels continue their mission of shaking up traditions to see what sticks, telling stories, and joining communities through song.
“These [songs] further demonstrate the band’s huge, collective southern heart, exceptional talents, and easy ability to entertain and make an impact…”