WANT TO GO?
The Steel Wheels
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: Adults $20, seniors $15, students $10, children under 13 free
INFO: 304-415-3668 or www.footmad.org
At every stop on its fall tour, the band is choosing a local school to receive a donation, based on ticket sales, for its music program. In Charleston, it's Ruffner Elementary School.CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Not every band wants instant success. At least, roots/Americana band The Steel Wheels, who perform in a FOOTMAD concert Saturday at the Culture Center, don't. Not according to lead singer and songwriter Trent Wagler.
He said he had mixed feelings about sudden success. It can go very wrong.
"Sure," Wagler said, "we'd love to have 10,000 people show up night after night to hear us play -- and maybe we're growing to that place eventually -- but I think there's a lot of risk in losing who you are with that."
Explosive success sometimes leads to groups imploding.
"You write one song and become famous for that one thing," Wagler said. "It becomes the only thing people come to see. It's the only thing they know you for."
Wagler thought that sounded terribly depressing and would probably bleed the fun out of performing. Once it stops being fun, bands unravel.
He said, "The hope is you get a whole bunch people who do the research and get to know you as an artist and love everything. That's the hope. The risk is a lot of people coming who don't really understand what it is you're trying to do."