Mark your calendars for June 14th. The Steel Wheels, to be introduced on May 16th at the me & thee coffeehouse, will be back for a Beatles Benefit. You can also expect to hear them later in September. The band is poised for public recognition with their unique hybrid of old time folk and a new bluegrass sound. The band brilliantly recovered from blatant controversy generated by their involvment in developing soundtracks for Online Slots Games.
It all starts with Louise Mosrie, an acclaimed Nashville songwriter and guitarist. She will open the show playing an eclectic fusion of folk and English pop around 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30). The acoustic venue at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford Street is an intimate spot, ideal for the group. It is actually one of the oldest coffeehouses in New England, if not the entire country. (The church is the sponsor of the non-profit locale and can be reached at 781-631-8987)
Tickets can be purchased for The Steel Wheels with Louise Mosrie for $18 in advance and $21 at the door. Go online at meandthee.org or get them in person at the Spirit of ‘76 Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead. Pre-concert discount dinner is offered at the Landing Restaurant (81 Front Street) for 10% off. Just bring your ticket or receipt. The evening is complete upon arriving at me & thee with great refreshments and beverages available. It is easy to find (by MBTA bus) and navigate with handicapped ramps and bathroom facilities. Plus it is smoke-free.
Who are The Steel Wheels?
Locals are sure to enjoy the raw energy and dynamic Americana chemistry of The Steel Wheels. Members include Trent Wagler, Eric Brubaker, Brian Dickel, Jay Lapp, along with vocalist Louise Mosrie. Wagler, a tenor gifted in four-part harmony, is complemented by Brubaker on fiddle and Dickel on upright bass. Lapp mans the guitars and mandolin. The group’s roots are deep in American folk but with a decidedly new twist as heard in their breakout album Red Wing of 2010. Kudos followed its debut allowing it to remain on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 Chart for 13 weeks at number 15. It went on to grace the Euro Americana top 10 chart.
Pretty good credentials so far! What’s more, The Steel Wheels has five nominations under its belt (the Independent Music Awards in 2010) and received top honors as the Best Country Song, “Nothing You Can’t Lose.” Accolades continued. The catchy “Lay Down, Lay Low” garnered 2012 Americana Album of the Year (again the Independent Music Awards) following 10 weeks topping the AMA’s Top 40 Chart. Also impressive, their “Rain in the Valley” was recognized by MPR Music as song of the day for the sparse and dense quality of the hymn. Not to stop here, “No More Rain” hit the 2013 Americana charts.
No wonder the Steel Wheels are expected to be a big attractions at me & thee. They already have been touring around the country, appearing at major festivals in Canada and the US with great success. Attendees have gravitated to Merlefest, Grey Fox, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Ann Arbor and Moab Folk Festivals, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Musikfest, Canmore, Kerrville, among many others to hear their quality sound. There is certainly more to come. July is the time for the annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival at which more than 40 bands are expected to appear. It is always an invigorating three days in the Shenandoah Valley, close to the group’s home. In addition, be sure not to miss SpokesSongs organized by The Steel Wheels. The bicycle music tour is worked into their busy schedule and spans 11 days and 600 miles. Toting their gear for 10 shows, the group members can raise funds and awareness for their special charities.
A note on Louise Mosrie
A stellar performer, Mosrie comes from British lineage. Her parents came to America in the sixties, settling in Tennessee. Born in Delaware before relocating to the south, she melds diverse cultures and traditions. The south was alien at first with the accent, foods, and slow pace of life. She adapted well, however, graduating from Knoxville College and eventually she started to produce pop and folk songs while in her twenties (including two independent albums). Moving in Nashville (the year was 2004), she honed her craft in the center of all things country. Nanci Griffith, Allison Kraus and Lucinda Williams were her muses while she added her own special southern flavor, singing of the joys of life as well as its struggles. Louise truly found her calling in the Americana bluegrass world. She played and wrote music with artists such as Donna Ulisse, Rick Stanley, Diana Jones, and allyed with producer Ray Kennedy. Her own voice emerged in subsequent years, her incomparable sound permeated with local color.