Virginia-based band The Steel Wheels will be performing a sold-out show at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center on April 2.
“We are very excited to have talent like The Steel Wheels on the Willingham Stage,” said Arts Council Director Lindsay Craven. “We’ve been following this talented group for a while now and calendars finally aligned so that we could book them in Yadkinville. This was already a sold-out show nearly a month before the performance and we know it’s going to be a memorable experience for all of our ticket holders.”
According to Country Standard Time magazine, “What sets The Steel Wheels from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia apart from many bands is the combination of their stellar instrumentals, accentuated by the one of a kind lead vocal of [Trent] Wagler, and keenly supported by strong harmonies. Eric Brubaker on fiddle, Jay Lapp on mandolin, and Brian Dickel on bass weave in and out intricately throughout this record, painting vivid imagery which flows effortlessly, just teasing the lyrics enough to allow them to resonate within you.”
Lead singer, guitarist and banjo player Trent Wagler described the band’s sound as “original mountain music.”
“We’re influenced by bluegrass and old time string band music of the Appalachian area, but very much trying to use that as a starting point and explore anywhere we want to go from there,” Wagler said.
Wagler has been playing guitar for nearly 20 years now. The band got its start 10 years ago and has been touring for the past six years.
The Steel Wheels latest album is available for download on their website www.thesteelwheels.com.
Wagler said they have been hearing good things from fans about the album, but he said the live shows get even more attention.
“It’s a good show,” he said. “I think we put everything we can into our recording, but we get a lot of feedback about the live shows.”
Though they have performed in North Carolina, this will be the group’s first appearance in Yadkinville and Wagler said they were looking forward to it.
“I love coming to North Carolina, particularly in the spring,” Wagler said.
For more information on the band, visit its website www.thesteelwheels.com. For upcoming events at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, visit www.yadkinarts.org.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.