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The Steel Wheels Embark on Spokesongs Tour of North Carolina – All on Bikes

The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels Embark on 4th Spokesongs Tour:  North Carolina Tour Fueled by Bicycles – Hauling Gear and Merch on Attached Carts, Without Extra Personnel

The Steel Wheels, who released No More Rain earlier this year, are embarking on their fourth “Spokesongs Tour,” this one to cover North Carolina (full itinerary below). On the bicycle-fueled tour the band commutes the entire distance between shows on bikes, pulling all their instruments, merchandise and other gear on attached carts – without extra personnel. See dates below. Proceeds from merchandise sales will go to The Alzheimer’s Association. Lead singer Trent Wagler has often spoken publicly of his grandfather and Alzheimer’s.

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“We had some that were long on the last tour, at least two 75 mile rides before a show (10 shows in 11 days), and one day we didn’t play but biked 100 miles,” says Trent Wagler, lead singer of the band. “Some distances will be shorter this trip, some of them 40 miles or less.”

“There is something about being exhausted and determined that comes through in our shows on the bike tours,” continued Wagler. “There is a little bit more of a live nerve on stage, it strips away pretense and energy is different – the shows don’t suffer, but are the better for it. Every year brings on new challenges; last year it was biking across mountains, and this year it will be some mountainous terrain, but also we will be battling the heat since it will be late August.”

The Steel Wheels recently launched their inaugural Red Wing Roots Festival in July, held near their hometown in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The festival featured The Del McCoury Band, Pokey LaFarge, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sarah Siskind, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, The Duhks, J.D. McPherson, Yarn, Scott Miller, and many more. There were over 40 bands on 4 stages. They were also just awarded two Independent Music Awards for their last album, Lay Down Lay Low. It was named Best Americana Album and “Rain In The Valley” took home the award for “Best Acapella Song.”

Formed by four friends in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels have enthralled their loyal fanbase with a heady brew of original soulful mountain music. Wagler’s weathered tenor is joined by bell-clear four-part harmonies inspired by a shared Mennonite heritage. Add to this Eric Brubaker’s lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel’s grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapp’s signature mandolin style, and it’s no surprise they have burst onto the Americana scene, becoming festival favorites and selling out venues across the country.


Friday August 23
White Horse Black Mountain
8pm – $15

Saturday, August 24, Sunday August 25
Clear Mountain Music Festival
356 London Road, Lawndale NC

Tuesday August 27
Benton Hall – North Wilkesboro, NC
7pm – $12

Wednesday August 28
Grind Café – Morganton, NC
7:30pm – $20

Thursday August 29
US National Whitewater Center – Charlotte, NC
7pm – Free

Friday, August 30
High Rock Outfitters – Lexington, NC
9pm – $15

Saturday, August 31
Eastern Music Festival – Greensboro, NO
5pm – Free

Please confirm with venue websites on showtimes as they could change.

“Americana made by hand.” NPR

“Truth: Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine could all learn something from these cats.” That’s what I said last year when I pegged “Rain In The Valley” as the second best song of the year. Nothing has changed except that they keep getting better. “I Will” is gorgeous in its simplicity.” Michael Verity – No Depression

“…the combination of their stellar instrumentals, accentuated by the one of a kind lead vocal of Wagler, and keenly supported by strong harmonies…painting vivid imagery which flows effortlessly, just teasing the lyrics enough to allow them to resonate within you.” Country Standard Time

“….like a late spring thunderstorm rolling over the hills of their native Virginia, there are figurative gusts of wind and brilliant colors. There is stirring four-part harmony and intense instrumental interplay. There’s also a single cover – Tom Waits’ “Walk Away” – among the emotional twists and invigorating turns of their original tunes.” The Bluegrass Situation

“…we were treated to a pure and complete acoustic experience, resplendent with tight picking and tighter harmonies.” Blue Ridge Outdoors

“Formed in and inspired by the music of Virginia’s Blue Ridge, this quartet melds old time, blues and bluegrass traditions into a sound of their own.” Bluegrass Today

“The Virginia-based Americana band, centered around frontman Trent Wagler’s instantly recognizable voice, deliver well-written originals (and a fine Tom Waits cover) backed by sharp acoustic arrangements. The result is an album that immediately feels as comfortable as a favorite pair of well-worn jeans.” Engine 145

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