BARNESVILLE - One of the most popular bands in Americana music, The Steel Wheels, bring their show to Barnesville at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, when they perform a concert at Barnesville Memorial Park.
On the road and in the studio, The Steel Wheels are tapping into Americana traditions and creating fresh-sounding acoustic fervor. The band's new album "Lay Down Lay Low" succeeds in capturing the fire-in-the-belly spirit of the band's mesmerizing live shows wile fine-tuning carefully crafted lyrical stories that surprise the ear and linger in the heart. Like the Shenandoah Valley that the band calls home, "Lay Down Lay Low" reveals both light and shadow, providing a musical landscape for songs that chronicle and celebrate what the band describes as "the good struggle."
The chemistry of the musicians and a flare for honest storytelling roots the album in fertile ground. Acoustic instrumentation escorts the listener into a slow dance or a full-throttle ride, while lead vocals from Trent Wagler soar and find the perfect complement in supporting vocals from mandolin player Jay Lapp, with bass player Brian Dickel and fiddler Eric Brubaker joining for soul-thrilling harmonies. "Americana music at its very best!" said Larry Groce of Mountain Stage.
For this hard-touring band, "Lay Down Lay Low" is the worthy follow-up to "Red Wing", which ranked in the Americana Music Association's Top 100 Albums of the Year in 2010 after spending 13 weeks on the Top 40 Americana radio charts and, notably, landing as the second-highest ranked album of all independent releases that year. "Red Wing" also cracked the EuroAmericana Top 10 and Folk charts and racked up five Independent Music Awards nominations, winning Best Country Song.
"If one must compare The Steel Wheels to another act in order to get an idea of their music imagine a blend of the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show and then sprinkle in the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers. In truth attempting to compare them with anyone is an injustice, since after one listen you can hear that they stand very well on their own perch." - John Walker, Americana Roots
"The Steel Wheels are certainly going places... on the line between old timey folk and something raw, new and bluegrassy. Catch Trent and company on their way to fame and glory." said "Cover Lay Down" magazine.