Stonewheel is a six 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), Stephen Morgan (bass) and Ben Toadvine (drums). Their live performances quickly caught the public eye, partly in tribute to keyboardist David Taylor's screaming custom-built Hammond B3 organ and Leslie rotating speaker combo. The classic B3 sound seemed to give Stonewheel an identity that was all it's own in the Louisville area.
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 latest release "Electric Light" (2009). Reviewer Steve Morgan states "Shallcross' unpretentious, storyteller vocal stylings shine throughout the record" while "capturing the spirit of their stellar live performances" (Louisville Music News). The album has recently started to gain 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.
Spring 2011 brought the band's most ambitious record to date. "Feel Like Yesterday" takes hold from the first drumroll and doesn't let go. This rockin' collection of originals brings to the forefront their unique brand of melodies and groove. The record helped boost sales in the US, Italy, and Germany, thanks in part to the airplay of "With You All The Way" and "Pick Me Up".
Winter 2014 sees the release of the new single "Reason To Ride" on limited edition 7" colored vinyl (w/download sticker) and CD. The song shows an introspective side to the band with a dedication to a recently departed friend. The song is already getting heavy airplay on radio and is garnering rave reviews. Currently the band is in the studio wrapping up work on the new full length release due out Spring 2014.
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