Steel Wool began performing in 2012, hoping to have a good time making music that could connect people to rhythm, sound, and fire. Each of these players brings their experience in world music, country, folk, blues and rock, and melds it with their experience as parents, grandparents and citizens of the planet. That experience fills these songs - songs about love, joy, confusion, struggle, hope - with truth and life. Let them inside. You'll know… – Tim Mueller
All songs by Tim Mueller
*from Zimbabwean traditional music **w/Maria Wolf
Guitars & vocals - Tim Mueller
Bass guitars & vocals - TR Kelley
Percussion, mbira, & vocals - Nel Applegate
Drums - Randy HammePhotography - Aradia and Brandon FarmerCover graphics - Tim Mueller Buick sounds - Randy Hamme and Aradia Farmer
Produced at Don Ross Productions, Eugene, Oregon by Steel Wool, with Don Ross
Special thanks to: my daddy George P. Mueller, Musekiwa Chingodza and Nel's Shona teachers, Mike Kraemer, Diana Robson, Blake Padilla, and Randy Hamme (who thanks his mom) for his extraordinary dedication during this recording.
©2013 Tim Mueller-GreyWolf Projects
I was 9 years old, standing on Main Street on the 4th of July. The marching band went thundering by, the big bass drum vibrating through my whole body. That's when I learned there are some things you just can't NOT do: making music - it fills me up, keeps me sane, sustains me - immersed in the stream of sound, with it all around me, all my senses reeling.
'Nhemamusasa' is an ancient Shona mbira song about creating temporary shelter (kutsinhira.org). 'My Country Fair's (oregoncountryfair.org) lyrics refer to continuing an 11,000 year old tradition of temporary communities on our Fair land. Combining these two creates our unique blessing for gatherings. – Nel Applegate
A song in a composer's head, in its vibrantly beautiful, elemental and nonexistent perfection, can bring joy and love to its creator. My deepest calling is to help draw rhythm, tone, feel and harmony out of the composer's head and into the air, so that same joy and love can dance around in your head, too. – Randy Hamme
In 2003 I discovered that my unusual skill-set was called "Asperger Syndrome". In search of info & kindred, I found KindTree (kindtree.org), and Tim & Nel. Music followed. Then we followed the music. Blessed be. – TR Kelley
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