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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, Kathy Tuinoff - upright bass. and John Belfy - upright bass.  (Also pictured - Bud Vanderberg -steel pedal guitar/dobro)

Our 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

Our most recent CD project, "SONGS OF STEEL AND WOOD" consists of 2 discs with 22 tracks, including

5 original songs that were recorded on October 12, 2022 by Runyan Media, 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 who would like to purchase "Songs of Steel and Wood"  and/or "Along the Track" may contact us by email at

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