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"All aboard!" ...  STEEL & WOOD is a  Bluegrass band based in Petoskey, Michigan. We offer an upbeat and  heartfelt, string and harmony - based repertoire harkening back to American railroad culture  and musical traditions emanating from Southern Appalachia.  Our material spans the works of Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, and others, combined a sampling of select originals and folk/classic country numbers. 

STEEL & WOOD band members include

John A. Neiswander of Petoskey on lead guitar/vocals,

Irene Kazmers of Petoskey on fiddle/guitar/vocals,

Paul Bachleda of Bay City/Higgins Lake on banjo/vocals,

Dave Eggebrecht of Eastport on mandolin/fiddle, and Kathy Tuinhoff of Petoskey and John Belfy of Wolverine on upright bass

Photography by chaos in the woods, 2017

Our first CD, "Along the Track", consisting of 16 "first take" traditional Bluegrass recordings, was reviewed in Bluegrass Today: “...So credit Steel & Wood with conveying these songs with the authenticity and awareness that make for essential elements in this rootsy regimen.  "Along The Track" is a textbook lesson in both credence and conviction.”

- Lee Zimmerman, Bluegrass Today 

Our 2nd album, "Songs of Steel and Wood" is a 2 disc CD project consisting of  22 tracks, including 5 original songs, from our recording session of 10/12/22. We are pleased that production was completed on 2/28/23.

"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

NOTE: Those interested in ordering "Songs of Steel and Wood "and/or "Along the Track" may contact us via email at

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