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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, Flatt and Scruggs, the Osborne Brothers, 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 - lead guitar/vocals,

Irene Kazmers - fiddle/guitar/vocals,

Paul Bachleda - banjo, Dave Eggebrecht - mandolin/fiddle, and on upright bass- John Belfy / Kathy Tuinhoff 

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 and the album was released, including on streaming services, in May 2023:

"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  Thanks!

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