The Steel Wheels

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present

The Steel Wheels

Clint Roberts

Sat, February 2, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15.00 - $25.00

This event is all ages


The Steel Wheels
The Steel Wheels
“Few groups have come as far in such a short period of time as The Steel Wheels…” –NPR’s Mountain Stage

“What sets The Steel Wheels apart from many bands is the combination of their stellar instrumentals, accentuated by the one of a kind lead vocal of Wagler, and keenly supported by strong harmonies. Eric Brubaker on fiddle, Jay Lapp on mandolin, and Brian Dickel on bass weave in and out intricately throughout this record, painting vivid imagery which flows effortlessly, just teasing the lyrics enough to allow them to resonate within you.” —Country Standard Time

New from The Steel Wheels: Wild As We Came Here, out April 28, 2017.

Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels are familiar with the traditions of folk music and how a string band is supposed to sound. In fact, they’ve been drawing on those steadfast traditions for more than a decade. Yet, their name also evokes a sense of forward motion, which is clearly reflected in their latest album, Wild As We Came Here.

The Steel Wheels recorded their album in rural Maine, where producer Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter) owns a recording studio inside a renovated farmhouse from the 18th century. All four band members – Trent Wagler (guitar, banjo), Eric Brubaker (fiddle), Brian Dickel (upright bass) and Jay Lapp (mandolin) – hunkered down for a week and a half to create Wild As We Came Here.

The band’s name is a tip of the hat to steam-powered trains, industrial progress and the buggies of their Mennonite lineage. Their musical style weaves through Americana and bluegrass, folk and old-time music, and the acoustic poetry of the finest singer-songwriters. By incorporating percussion and keyboards into their recording sessions for the first time, Wild As We Came Here adds new textures to their catalog, as themes of discovery and perseverance run throughout the collection.
Clint Roberts
Clint Roberts
Brevard native, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Clint Roberts, released his first full length Album “Hamlet Blues,” in the winter of 2018, his second solo effort following his EP in 2015.

Many may know him from his appearances at Mountain Song Festival and White Squirrel Festival and as a founding member of the folk-rock band The Fox Fire. Clint first discovered his love for performing in local theatre productions and several high school musicals. After graduating from Brevard High, he spent several years attending Appalachian State University before eventually dropping out to pursue a music career full time.

Shortly after leaving The Fox Fire, Roberts put out his first solo EP “Where The Heart Is.” The EP was well received amongst fans of progressive folk and would help him begin to get his footings as a touring Singer/Songwriter.

Having recently returned from Nashville, Tennessee continuing his career in music, the release of “Hamlet Blues” is an album that he describes as “proudly Southern” in it’s musical roots. Drawing on influences from the likes of Ryan Adams, Shakey Graves, Jason Isbell, and The Wood Brothers, Roberts has shifted from a folk artist to a much more refined songwriter and performer sitting squarely into today’s Americana.

“It’s been really fun to watch Clint develop as a songwriter and performer. His talent is obvious. He has a golden voice, he’s a multi-instrumentalist and he has a real gift for writing songs that are not only catchy but contain real lyrical substance that you would only expect from someone who is much older and has experienced the ups and downs of a life long-lived,” says John Felty of Mountain Song Productions.

“I’m not alone in the value I place on doing things how they used to be done. I’m lucky to have a lot of friends who make music in the Americana/Folk/Country realm as I do. And I think what we do will have a place in the world for a long time to come,” says Roberts.

“There’s a clarity of vision and total honesty in Roberts’ music that is almost scary coming from someone so young.” Steve Matteo, SCENES Media, Nashville
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801