The Castellows, Dover, The Steel Wheels unveil new music
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The Castellows, Dover, The Steel Wheels unveil new music

Friday, February 9, 2024 – Sister act The Castellows are out with a seven-song EP, "A Little Goes A Long Way." The Castellows, comprised of sisters Ellie (lead guitar), Powell (banjo) and Lily (vocals), wrote/co-wrote six of the seven songs on the band's first project to release via Warner Music Nashville/Warner Records. Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Nanci Griffith, Queens of the Stone Age) produced. The neo-traditionalists hail from small rural Georgetown, Ga. where they grew up on a cattle farm.

Dalton Dover put out a three-song EP, "Take Me Home: Covers." The release includes "Take Me Home, Country Roads," the Alabama song, "Mountain Music" and Vince Gill's "Go Rest High On That Mountain." Gill helps out the Georgia native with backing harmonies.

Virginia-based Americana band The Steel Wheels released "Sideways" via the band's own Big Ring Records. Produced by Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Langhorne Slim, Josh Ritter), the release contains 11 songs. The group consists of Trent Wagler (vocals/guitar/banjo), Jay Lapp (guitar/mandolin/ vocals), Eric Brubaker (fiddle/vocals), Kevin Garcia (drums/percussion/mallet keyboards), Jeremy Darrow (bass).

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CD review - Sideways "Sideways" is the 11th album in less than two decades from the Shenandoah Valley, Va.-based string band, The Steel Wheels, an understated commercial entity as well, owning their own record label and hosts of the Red Wing Roots Music Festival. This album will strike fans as a bit quieter and reflective than past material as principal writer Trent Wagler, writes in response to loss, and accompanying uncertainty stemming from the sudden, unexpected loss of fiddle player and vocalist Eric ...
CD review - Everyone A Song, Vol. 1. With "Everyone A Song, Vol. 1," The Steel Wheels attempt to salvage what might have otherwise been deemed a lost year as their planned 2020 tour was cancelled by the pandemic with this project that frontman Trent Wagler dubbed "Distance Together." The five band members recorded their parts in makeshift studios at their various homes in Virginia, Michigan and New York with drummer Kevin Garcia assembling the final product at a studio in Brooklyn. Lead singer and songwriter ...
CD review - Over the Trees Ostensibly a bluegrass band, The Steel Wheels continue to explore some of the most inventive percussive sounds and surprising textures of any band loosely labeled in that genre. The quintet hail from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, but journeyed north to Maine to again record with noted producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Elephant Revival). Kassirer also produced their 2017 "Wild As We Came Here." Steel Wheels is band leader Trent Wagler (lead vocals, ...

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