An Americana band with Virginia roots and strong bluegrass influences, The Steel Wheels was formed by Trent Wagler (on guitar and vocals) and Jay Lapp (on mandolin, guitar, and vocals), who soon recruited Brian Dickel (on bass) and Eric Brubaker (on fiddle). In 2010 the band released two albums and received seven Independent Music Award nominations. The Steel Wheels received attention for its summertime "SpokeSongs" tours, cycling through Virginia (in 2009) and Michigan (in 2011) while carrying their instruments and playing music in venues along the way. This versatile band of style-hoppers will entertain in the Backyard, the Hotel’s space built for fun times with hammocks, Adirondack chairs, outdoor bar and stage.
The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is made possible by the Appalachian Regional Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, VA Dept of Housing & Economic Development, Virginia Tobacco Commission, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Blue Ridge Beverage, Food City, Virginia Commission for the Arts, David and Judie Reemsnyder, Dominion Energy, McGuireWoods, LLC., Virginia State Parks and other generous supporters. For the deaf and hard of hearing community, signing interpretation services can be made available if requested at least 21 days in advance of the concert. For requests received less than 21 days prior to the concert, every effort will be made for accommodations, but interpretation services are not guaranteed. To request services or for more information contact The Crooked Road office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 276-492-2409.