Steel & Wood, a traditional bluegrass band from Petoskey MI, offers an upbeat, heartfelt string and vocal harmony- based repertoire spanning the works of Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Ralph and Carter Stanley, and others. Steel & Wood harkens back to American railroad culture and enduring musical traditions rooted in Southern Appalachia. The band members feel blessed and excited to share the songs they love!
- John A. Neiswander - Lead guitar and vocals. From Petoskey and now Oden MI. John's mother was a native of Kentucky. John started performing on the guitar at age 8 and has played in bluegrass and other bands since 1978.
- Irene Kazmers - Fiddle, vocals, guitar. From Berkeley CA originally and a resident of Petoskey, started playing the violin age 6 and guitar since high school. Interest in bluegrass and fiddling was fostered while residing in Lexington KY 1988-1993.
- Bruce Walker - Mandolin, vocals. Based in Mason MI with a cabin in East Jordan. Started on harmonica while enlisted in the Army, and has played mandolin and guitar since the mid 1970's.
- John Hussey - Upright bass. Orignially from Scranton PA and grew up in Metro Detroit. Started playing music in the early 1970's and joined his first bluegrass band in Napierville IL in 1978. Also plays the banjo.
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