Steel Wheels in conversation with WDBJ7 ahead of Thursday night’s show at The Harvester
ROANOKE, Virginia (WDBJ) – Everyone has a story.
And now everyone can have a song too.
When Virginia band The Steel Wheels couldn’t perform live during the pandemic, they found a new way to connect with their fans.
âWhat we did during the pandemic was through crowdsourced songs, our fans ordered songs and kind of gave us the story or gave us the idea for a song,â he said. said Derek Kratzer, bassist and singer of The Steel Wheels.
Each song was commissioned for a specific relationship or moment in life.
After writing dozens of songs for people, they realized they had enough for an album.
“Everyone A Song” Volume 1 was released last fall.
âThis idea of ââwriting songs for people’s stories seemed like a way to meet the moment when a lot of people’s stories were being rewritten by the pandemic and their experiences that they had planned were all rewritten,â says Trent Wagler, lead singer of The Steel Wheels.
The history of Steel Wheels began in 2005. Wagler is a founding member.
âI started out as a solo performer that these two guys, Jay and Derek were in at the time. And they both jumped on stage with me and performed as a trio,â says Wagler.
With a few changing limbs and free time during the pandemic, The Steel Wheels have been rolling and spinning for 11 years.
Now they’re bringing their unique American sound to The Harvester.
âEverything from the acoustics to a more rock n roll sound to a really tight sound, almost like our style of gospel singing. But a lot of our songs fall under that American umbrella, says singer and guitarist Jay Lapp.
Along with their music, The Steel Wheels consider their friendships a crucial part of their success.
It doesn’t matter how many kilometers separate them.
âWe are not all, we do not all live on the same street in one place. We are scattered across the country. So it was a great way to stay creative and keep making music together, âsaid Wagler.
Lapp says, âWe are very close. It’s really nice to be able to walk the road as a group of brothers.
âWe just like to have fun playing music together. If we’re on stage, we’re just trying to bring it together as a band, listen to each other and create music that makes sense, âsays Kratzer.
Here’s a link to tickets for Thursday night’s show at The Harvester.
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