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We are a Bluegrass band based in Petoskey MI, offering an upbeat and heart-felt traditional bluegrass repertoire spanning the styles of Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, and others. Our sets have been well received at numerous outdoor Summer series and venues since forming in 2012.

BAND MEMBERS BIO'S

John A. Neiswander - Lead guitar and vocals. From Petoskey. John's mother was a native of Kentucky. John started performing on the guitar at age 8 and has played in bluegrass and other bands since 1978.

 

Irene Kazmers - Fiddle, vocals, guitar.

From Berkeley CA originally and a resident of Petoskey.  Started playing the violin age 6 and guitar since high school. Interest in bluegrass and fiddling was fostered while residing in Lexington KY  

 

Bruce Walker - Mandolin, vocals. 

Based in Mason MI with a cabin in East Jordan. Started on harmonica while enlisted in the Army, and has played mandolin and guitar since the mid-1970's.   

 

John Hussey - Upright bass.

Originally from Scranton PA and grew up in Metro Detroit. Started playing music in the early 1970's and joined his first bluegrass band in Napierville IL in 1978. 

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We enjoyed performing during Summer 2019 at venues including Blissfest, Junegrass in Lowell, FarmFest Johannesburg, Dunesville in Lake Ann, Charlotte Ross - CrookedTree Arts Center (CTAC) Summer Music series in Petsokey, East Jordan Music in the Park, Stroll the Streets in Boyne City, Street Musique in Harbor Springs, and the Buckley Old Engine Show.  We are looking forward to playing Fall 2019 at Kentuckians of Michigan in Romulus and again at Red Sky Stage!

 

We have previously performed at the Bidwell Plaza CTAC Summer music series in Petoskey, Lakeview Music in the Park, Cafe Sante in Boyne City, the "Water Is Life Festival" in Mackinaw City, the Old Boyne City Park Gazebo Summer music series, Creek Haven in Mason, MI, Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers show, "Have a Heart" at Emmet County Fairgrounds, Cross Village General Store Customer Appreciation Day, and various barn events and corn roasts.  

 

Our CD, "Along the Track" was released in March 2018, comprised of 16 first take tracks recorded at Runyan Media in Bellaire MI.

"...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

For Questions and Bookings, contact us at steelandwood1@gmail.com or call (231) 487-2350

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