The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels

Dogwood Tales

Thu Jan 24

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$15.00 - $25.00

This event is all ages

For any wheelchair or ADA needs, please contact the Box Office in advance of the performance at 443-283-1200. 

Please note that some of the tables will be cleared for this show to create a general admission pit.  There will be a limited number of bar stools available on a first come, first serve basis at the bar.

The Steel Wheels
The Steel Wheels
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. In
fact, they’ve been drawing on those steadfast traditions for more than a decade.
Yet, their name also evokes a sense of forward motion, which is clearly reflected
in their latest album, Wild As We Came Here.

The Steel Wheels recorded their album in rural Maine, where producer Sam
Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter) owns a recording studio inside a
renovated farmhouse from the 18th century. All four band members – Trent
Wagler (guitar, banjo), Eric Brubaker (fiddle), Brian Dickel (upright bass) and Jay
Lapp (mandolin) – hunkered down for a week and a half to create Wild As We
Came Here.

The band’s name is a tip of the hat to steam-powered trains, industrial progress
and the buggies of their Mennonite lineage. Their musical style weaves through
Americana and bluegrass, folk and old-time music, and the acoustic poetry of the
finest singer-songwriters. By incorporating percussion and keyboards into their
recording 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.
Dogwood Tales
Dogwood Tales
"Out of the Shenandoah Valley blossoms the debut album from Dogwood Tales Too Hard To Tell. Recorded at the Fidelitorium in North Carolina (Wilco, Avett Brothers, Mandolin Orange) on 2 inch analogue tape, this organic Americana/Alt-Country record hits like a contemporary take on Neil Young's Harvest. In 2016 they released an EP and toured heavily building a strong fan base. This promising debut full-length is sure to expand on the solid foundation they've built over the past few years.

Benjamin Ryan and Kyle Grim are the duo behind Dogwood Tales. They began playing together in high school and became friends playing in pop-punk bands in bordering towns. Naturally they cultivated a more roots oriented pallet, echoing the classic sounds of their home in the Valley. Their discovery of the great country duos of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Gram Parsons and Emmy Lou Harris and Dillard & Clark gave them a broader view of the valley music they would set out to create.

The Tales' songs have a spiritual aspect that derives more from the Blue Ridge Mountains than the Church. Their lyricism grows out of a serious commitment to literature and specifically the Southern-Gothic canon. Too Hard To Tell carries the weighted stories and one-liners often found in the songs of American folk music with a special attention to tone and emotion. The songs speak of scenarios and heavy stations of life and death in small town America. There is a different aspect of time that exists in these places, a slowness yes, but also an immediate and daily reality of birth, life and death. Dogwood Tales have captured something akin to a lightning-bug in a mason jar on this ethereal and rich debut effort. "
Venue Information:
The Soundry
10221 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD, 21044