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"All aboard!" .  STEEL & WOOD is a Bluegrass band based in Petoskey, Michigan. We offer heartfelt, traditional music with roots emanating from Southern Appalachia and harkening back to American railroad culture.  Our repertoire spans the works of Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Jim and Jesse McReynolds and many others, plus a sampling of original tunes,  classic country and folk/rock selections.

STEEL & WOOD members include John A. Neiswander - lead guitar, Irene Kazmers -fiddle/guitar, Dave Eggebrecht - mandolin/fiddle, Paul Bachleda -  banjo, and John Belfy / Kathy Tuinhoff on upright bass. 

Our first CD, "ALONG THE TRACK", containing 16 "first take" traditional Bluegrass recordings was reviewed:

"...So credit STEEL & WOOD with conveying these songs with the authenticity and awareness that make for essential elements in this roots regimen. "ALONG THE TRACK" is a textbook lesson in both credence and conviction." - Lee Zimmerman, "Bluegrass Today" 3/26/19

Our most recent CD project, "SONGS OF STEEL AND WOOD" was released on streaming services in May 2023, and consists of 2 discs with 22 tracks, including 5 original songs. ( *

We are grateful for the positive review of this album in the 12/26/23 issue of "Bluegrass Today":

"Lo - Yonder comes a freight train, a-carrying the goods. Roaring 'round the bend on tracks of steel and wood." 

 - Song of Steel and Wood

* If  you would like to purchase "Songs of Steel and Wood"  and/or "Along the Track" physical CD(s) please contact us by email at

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