Stonewheel is a five piece rock-n-roll band from Louisville, Kentucky, born out of a classic American songwriting tradition and sense of community. The band was formed in November 2003 by friendship and love of music and currently includes Morgan Shallcross (lead vocals, guitar), David Taylor (keyboards, vocals), Chris Greenwell (guitar,vocals), Steve Morgan (bass) and Ben Toadvine (drums). Other Stonewheel Family members include Sean Ayres, Keith Burchett, Troy Campbell, Glen Howerton, and Mark West.
The band's repertoire started as a blend of classic roots/rock cover songs (Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Band, Little Feat, Rolling Stones, etc.) sprinkled with a few originals. That format soon evolved into more and more originals being written and thrown into the sets over the years, eventually leading to the recording of their first record "Dashboard" (2006). The album garnered significant success with audiences and radio, attracting a new legion of fans to the fold. The song "Go For Gin" especially hit a hometown note with it's story of a betting man bringing it all home with the 1994 Derby winner of the same name.
During the next stretch Stonewheel didn't let up. Picking up regular monthly gigs and appearing at regional festivals (Terrapin Hill, Peak Summit, Love Fest) only served to tighten the band's sound and strength of songwriting, as evidenced by their second release "Electric Light" (2009). Reviewer Steve Morgan writes "Shallcross' unpretentious, storyteller vocal stylings shine throughout the record" while "capturing the spirit of their stellar live performances" (Louisville Music News). The album quickly gained momentum with Louisville's own WFPK supporting the record by the addition of "Another Train Song" to their regular rotation and live in-studio appearances.
Most recently the band has released "Feel Like Yesterday" (2011) - a rockin' collection of originals that highlight their unique brand of melodies and groove. And to much delight, the opening track "With You All The Way" is already becoming a favorite of radio stations nationwide. Even Italy is getting in on the Stonewheel Magic, where the band is quickly gaining popularity. Italian record store Papermoon writes "the young band of Kentucky has the class and ability to offer a very versatile soundtrack to our days", while Caru writes that "the Stonewheel shall bring a perfect cocktail of rhythm, melody and groove". In addition, "Feel Like Yesterday" has recently become part of the Pandora Radio Genome, so head on over an create your own Stonewheel Radio Station.
Currently, the band is hitting it hard in the studio working on a new full-length record set to be released in 2014! Be sure to check back often to keep up with the group's ever expanding schedule of live eventsBe sure to check back often to keep up with the group's ever expanding schedule of live events.
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