Everyone A Song, Vol. One out now!
Everyone A Song, Vol. 1
The Steel Wheels are connecting a far-flung fanbase through shared experience and the revolutionary act of personal storytelling with their latest album, Everyone A Song, Vol. 1. A testament to joyful trust from supporters as well as tight musicianship and strong DIY spirit within the band, Everyone A Song, Vol. 1 and an accompanying podcast, We Made You A Song, is an album for our times, written for and in collaboration with The Steel Wheels community.
In the spring of 2020, poised to once again take their dynamic stage show on the road, the 5 members instead found themselves spread across the country, isolated from each other and their listeners. The band endeavored to shorten that distance the best way they know how, by creating music. Through a project they called “Distance Together”, the band gathered stories from fans and set them to song, relying on the perceptive wit and imaginative pen of their own Trent Wagler. New works were commissioned and sent to loved ones as musical greetings. The requests poured in as folks from across the country looked for ways to commemorate weddings, birthdays, the beginning of a life, the end of a selfless career. Each band member recorded their parts in their own makeshift studios and passed audio and video files on to the next Steel Wheel in line, relying on intuition and years of musical partnership to arrange the pieces in real time. Mixed and mastered by the band's own Kevin Garcia, the songs took shape and took on lives of their own.
Universal in their specificity, the songs reflect a desire for meaning and connection in a time when trauma and physical distance keep us apart physically. Realizing they deserved a broader audience, The Steel Wheels once more went to their fans, this time requesting permission to not only release the music, but also to capture the experience in their subjects' own words for use in a brand new podcast entitled We Made You a Song. The resulting project is evidence of the band's commitment to the loving act of intentional listening, and the restorative power of having one's story told.