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STEEL & WOOD is 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.
BAND MEMBERS BIO'S
John A. Neiswander - Lead guitar, vocals. From Petoskey. John's mother was a native of Kentucky. John started performing on the guitar at age 8 and brings his extensive experience, having played in Bluegrass bands since 1978, as well as years of participation in country, rock. blues and folk music.
Irene Kazmers - Fiddle, guitar, vocals. From Berkeley CA originally and a resident of Petoskey. Started playing the violin at age 6 and guitar since high school. Interest in Bluegrass and fiddling was fostered while residing in Lexington KY.
Paul Bachleda- Banjo, vocals
From the Detroit Metro area originally, Paul spent 10 years in North Carolina. Since returning to Michigan 20 years ago, he has finely honed his banjo skills through playing with talented musicians in the Tri-Cities area. Based in Bay City, he enjoys spending time at his family cottage on Higgins Lake.
Dave Eggebrecht - Mandolin, fiddle. Originally from Saginaw, Dave is a seasoned and gifted mandolin player and fiddler with decades of experience in Bluegrass, folk and country genres. He resides in Eastport
Kathy Tuinhoff - Upright bass.
A native of Greenville MI now living in Petoskey, Kathy started playing drums at age 10 and went on to become a classically trained percussionist. Kathy is a member of Northern Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Charlevoix City Band on drums. She is self-taught on bass, which she learned in order to participate in Bluegrass, which she has over many years in various bands
John Belfy - Upright bass.
From Wolverine, John brings his vast experience and musical sensibility to Steel & Wood, having provided bass for numerous bands of various genres through the years
Thanks go to Bud Vanderberg -
Pedal steel guitar, dobro.
Bud has many years of experience as a premier pedal steel guitarist, and we have been privileged with his participation.
We wish to thank Sandy Rhea, upright bass and vocals; Dale Rhea, guitar, dobro, electric bass and vocals; and John Timko, guitar and vocals for their artistic contributions to our music in 2022.
CONTACT US (231)-330-8288
STEEL & WOOD has enjoyed a great 2022 Bluegrass season with 22 performances in a variety of settings, as listed on our EVENT page
We performed outdoors amid the pandemic during Summers of 2021 and 2020 at venues such as Gabriel Farms and Winery, Farmfest in Johannesburg, Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs Street Musique, Stroll the Streets in Boyne City, Mackinaw Trails Winery, and Uncle Frank's Apple Town.
In 2019 we had the opportunity to play at venues including Blissfest, Junegrass in Lowell, Farmfest, Dunesville in Lake Ann, Charlotte Ross - Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) Summer Music series in Petoskey, East Jordan Music in the Park, Stroll the Streets in Boyne City, Music In Mackinaw in Mackinaw City, Street Musique in Harbor Springs, the Buckley Old Engine Show, Resort Pike Cidery and Winery, Red Sky Stage in Bay Harbor, Rotary Club of Gaylord Hoedown at Otsego County Fairgrounds, and Kentuckians of Michigan in Romulus.
We previously performed at venues such as 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, Cross Village General Store Customer Appreciation Day, and "Have a Heart" benefit for Brother Dan's Pantry at Emmet County Fairgrounds, and various private events..
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
Our second CD, to be titled "Songs of Steel and Wood", which includes several original selections, is a 2 disc project that was recorded by Runyan Media on October 12, 2022. We are looking forward with anticipation to its upcoming release!