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The Steel Wheels [Americana Series]

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

Oxford American logo8:00 PM—The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome The Steel Wheels to the South on Main stage! This is the fourth and final show of our 2016-17 Americana Series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. The series is made possible in part by presenting sponsor Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South Division.

Ben E. Keith logoAdditional season partners include Chris Harkins of Raymond James, Cypress Properties, Inc., UCA College of Fine Arts & CommunicationCapital HotelStella Boyle Smith Trust, Arkansas Arts CouncilDowntown Little Rock PartnershipStacy Hamilton of Pulaski Heights RealtyEntergy ArkansasRosen Music Company, and Piano Kraft.

Tickets are on available via Metrotix.com or by calling (800) 293-5949. Single tickets are $20 (General Admission), $30 (Reserved), and $32 (Premium Reserved). Please take a look at this very important ticketing and seating information before purchasing your tickets (view reserved seating chart). Full season ticket pricing and options are also available in a consolidated format, here.


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.

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