I had been looking forward to this past weekend for months and months. I made sure to not book anything on Saturday, March 10th (nope, I booked absolutely nothing at all — sorry everyone!). Saturday (and Sunday too) was the big day for the original Americana roots band, The Steel Wheels…. It was finally time for the long-awaited hometown album release concerts. I have been witnessing the development of their new album, “Lay Down, Lay Low”, for quite some time now and was so excited to finalize witness the fruits of their labor. And not only have The Steel Wheels released this new album on CD, but it is also available on 12″ Vinyl! Yes, a real record….how fun!
This weekend’s concerts were at Clementine Cafe in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia. Clementine was the perfect backdrop for the occasion with their “Food + Music + Art”, which to me was delicious food, outstanding music (of course!), and an eclectic display of original artwork.
There were actually two concerts on Saturday! The first show was an ‘all-seated listening room event’. (The first show sold out over three months in advance!) The second show did not have advance tickets and was a ‘late after-party show’. Both shows, while extremely different, were fabulous! There was also another ‘all-seated listening room’ show on Sunday, but unfortunately, I was not able to be there for that concert.
First, enjoy some pictures from the early show on Saturday….
Always love the colors and atmosphere at Clementine.
Okay, funny story here…. As you read above, the “Lay Down, Lay Low” album is available for the first time on Vinyl. In addition to buying the records at their shows and on-line, you can also purchase them right here at Harrisonburg’s downtown skate and record shop — Wonder Skate/Wonder Records. So Trent went and bought a few ‘interesting’ records at the shop, took them out of the sleeves, and put them in some of the sleeves of The Steel Wheels records. A certain number of happy buyers received a surprise of an additional record! One of those prized beauties was, “Lucky Steels the Wheel”!
LOVE this shot.
And now some pictures from the late ‘dance party’ show. All the chairs were cleared out to make room for dancing and having a good time!
The lighting is so striking.
A view from the balcony….
Band members left to right: Brian Dickel, Trent Wagler, Jay Lapp, Eric Brubaker, Oliver Craven.
And chatting it up with adoring fans at the merchandise table.
It was a wonderful evening, indeed! This new album has already made an impact on the music scene…. “Lay Down, Lay Low” made its Americana Music Association Top 40 radio chart debut yesterday!….Coming in at #34 after its first week on radio! I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for this very special band! Find out more information, as well as their schedule, on The Steel Wheels website.