From their base in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, roots music collective The Steel Wheels has earned a reputation as one of the top independent bands on the scene today. While 2017’s stunning studio album, Wild As We Came Here, was still ringing in the air, the band released two LPs of live music. Not content to let moss grow under their feet, the Wheels returned to the woods of Maine and the studio-retreat of Sam Kassirer, producer of Wild, to record another studio album, Over The Trees, released in July 2019.
More recently, as many people around the world were isolated from their communities, The Steel Wheels chose to connect with their audience in new ways. Unable to perform their rootsy brand of Americana for crowds of people in live settings, the musicians turned their creative powers to crafting songs for individuals. The result was two albums, Everyone a Song, Volumes 1 and 2, and an accompanying podcast, We Made You a Song, for which songwriter Trent Wagler collected the experiences of fans and forged them into songs. Inevitably, these songs celebrate connection: a specific relationship or event, a birth, a wedding, a memory of home.
Few groups have come as far in such a short period of time as The Steel Wheels.”
- NPR’s Mountain Stage
With strong compositions, stellar musicianship and harmony vocals that are particularly impressive, ‘Everyone a Song’ succeeds beautifully.”
- Country Standard Time