It’s the dog days of summer and Virginia band The Steel Wheels are about to embark on an epic journey traversing 3 states. Touring is not new to this band– a quick perusal of their concert calendar shows that they’re on the road more often than off, but this tour is a little bit different. Instead of a van, the Steel Wheels are using their own muscle and metabolism to get from show to show. They will be completing a several hundred mile tour of the mid west completely by bicycle. Oh, and they’re also bringing along an upright bass. On a bike. Crazy.
This is the Steel Wheels’ third annual SpokeSongs tour– a pedal-powered journey that’s taken them through mountains and plains, cities and small towns, and now, they set out on a 3 state journey through Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.
Besides being exceptionally brave and exceptionally athletic, The Steel Wheels are also just a straight up exceptional band. Their newest full-length, Red Wing, broke into the top 10 on the Americana charts. Their blend of old timey/new timey goodness combined with a straight up phenomenal live show gains fans across the board. The Steel Wheels hit that sweet spot where musicianship, energy, talent, and good songwriting collide. Give this track a listen and you’ll see what I mean:
Read about their adventures in their own words here: http://www.spokesongs.blogspot.com/
Steel Wheels SpokeSongs Tour Dates:
8/4/1011 Ann Arbor, Michigan: The Ark
8/5/2011 Marshall, Michigan: Dark Horse Brewery
8/6/2011 Kalamazoo, Michigan: Bell’s Brewery
8/7/2011 Benton Harbor, Michigan:The Livery
8/8/2011 South Haven, Michigan: The Foundry
8/9/2011 Fennville, Michigan: Tuesdays in The Park Concert Series
8/11/2011 Chicago, Illinois: Browning House Concert
8/12/2011 Chicago, Illinois: Piece Brewery& Pizzeria
8/13/2011 Valparaiso, Indiana: Private Event
8/14/2011 Goshen, Indiana: SpokeSongs Closing Bash!