GOSHEN — The Steel Wheels are rolling into town this spring.
Straight from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the Steel Wheels are taking over the stage May 2 at Goshen College’s Umble Center with the band’s signature blend of soulful harmonies and old-time traditional music.
The concert marks the first time that the college’s Performing Arts Series is teaming up with student-run radio station 91.1 The Globe to bring a performance to Goshen College.
“We are able to bring big artists to the college as part of the Performing Arts Series, but we don’t really have a mechanism for one-off concerts like this,” music center managing director Brian Mast said in a news release. “We’re able to tap into the Globe’s listenership, which is huge, while using the resources that we already have in place for performance at the college. It gives us a little more freedom for concerts like this.”
Back in Virginia, the Steel Wheels will host its second annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival this summer in the Shenandoah Valley featuring a long list of neo-traditional artists, including Trampled by Turtles and the Devil Makes Three. The three-day festival is named after the old tune “Red Wing.” Steel Wheels singer Trent Wagler learned the song from his grandfather and adapted it for the band with a new set of lyrics for its 2010 breakthrough album of the same name.
“Red Wing” stayed on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 Chart for 13 weeks and found a place on the Euro Americana Chart’s top 10. The Steel Wheels were up for five Independent Music Awards in 2010 when their song “Nothing You Can’t Lose” claimed the title of Best Country Song. The four-piece band’s album “Lay Down, Lay Low” spent 10 weeks on the AMA’s Top 40 Chart and was the 2012 Americana Album of the Year at the Independent Music Awards.
NPR Music has described the Steel Wheels as “Americana, made by hand.” The band will release a limited edition 7” vinyl single featuring “We’ve got a Fire” and “Winter is Coming” on April 1.
Tickets for the concert at Goshen College are on sale for $18 to $28 online at goshen.edu/tickets, by phone at (574) 535-7566 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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