Leave Some Things Behind
2015 release from roots outfit. Some things come to be in their own time, of their own accord. Such has been the case with The Steel Wheels. In the beginning, it was simply a matter of four young men who'd happened to cross paths at a formative moment in each of their lives reveling in the shared experience of plucking acoustic instruments and blending their voices. But over the years, what had begun organically as a pure lark evolved into a mission: to fuse the personal with the universal, the deeply rooted past with the joys and sorrows of everyday existence. These thematic and stylistic vectors intersect powerfully on Leave Some Things Behind, a deeply human, emotionally authentic work that interweaves timely songs with timeless sounds. On the album, co-produced and engineered by Ben Surratt, the four band members are joined on various tracks by roots- music luminary Tim O'Brien, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Sarah Siskind, drummer Travis Whitmore and Hammond B3 player Ethan Ballinger. Together, they've wrought a work that is musically intricate and conceptually resonant, the sounds serving the songs at every moment.