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Clubs & Concerts

The Steel Wheels

When: Fri., Jan. 23, 8 p.m. 2015

Rescuing the term “Steel Wheels” from a flaccid mid-’90s Rolling Stone LP, these four guys from a Mennonite community in the Blue Ridge Mountains have earned critical raves and become a popular festival act. Frontman Trent Wagler is a powerful presence, singing in a scuffed tenor with the vim of a preacher and buffeted by his band’s rich harmonies. Gathered around one microphone with rhythm-stick-and-foot-stomp percussion, or operating as a deft string band, the group delivers the stirring mountain music they love. But as their Tom Waits cover indicates, the members of Steel Wheels are attuned to a world that extends beyond those hills, too. —David Klein

Price: $22-$29

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