Monday, May 9, 2011

New grass outfit makes Charlotte debut at free show Friday

The Charlotte Folk Society welcomes Virginia-based Americana quartet the Steel Wheels to Great Aunt Stella Center (926 Elizabeth Ave.) Friday, May 13th. The group, who has been praised by "Bluegrass Unlimited" and WNCW morning show host Martin Anderson, makes its Charlotte debut that night.

The Steel Wheels' members have roots in the Midwest and Northeast as well as its home base in the Blue Ridge Mountains and its sound is indicative of those varied geographical influences. It approaches old-time and bluegrass with youthful zeal. Like peers such as Chatham County Line or Old Crow Medicine Show there's an obvious respect for traditionalism without hiding that its players likely grew up listening to as much classic rock as Flatt & Scruggs.

For a sneak peak the band will appear on WCNC TV's "Charlotte Today" Friday at 11 a.m. (channel 36 or Time Warner Cable channel 6). WNCW 88.7 will also record Friday's concert to air at a later date. Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m. Free. Donations appreciated.

For more on Steel Wheels click here. For more on the Charlotte Folk Society click here.

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