The Steel Wheels
Thu Jan 24
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pmThe Soundry
$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.https://www.thesoundry.com/event/1790011/
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
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
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. "
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