Reviews and Bio for STEEL WOOL

Fan Report update JANUARY 2018
From Reverbnation, Jango, SoundCloud, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook:
Fan total 6,779

From rich harmony on "Just Maybe"
to world beat rhythm on “Rainbow”
to tender love songs like All the Love in the World” and "You're My Flower"
to activist anthems like “Love is the Power”
this music will get you off the couch!

Check out the NEW review of our 2017 release, "Just Maybe".

"Steel Wool is a socially conscious acoustic rock band from Eugene OR. The band combines environmental and social themes with personal relationship songwriting. Their latest album “Just Maybe” is full of recollections from childhood that buoy and reaffirm, as well as thoughtful lyrics that probe our modern state of affairs. A sense of humor and wry perspective is woven throughout. This, their second album, combines excellent production with fresh conceptual arrangements that range from folk-rock to country-folk to rock ’n roll." More Here.

"Bearing one of the cleverest names on the bill “Steel Wool” also was a huge surprise. Featuring B52 esq vocal harmonies, catchy “Eugene” style, heartfelt Americana/Folk, tremendous musicianship and the most rad bass player of any group at the show."
From the Eugene Daily News 4th of July at Dexter Lake | Photo Montage Here
TR singing the national anthem

"Your band is really, really, really, really good.  I enjoyed listening tremendously.  You are tight and the music really grabs.  Great melodies, lyrics, beat – it is all great."  Dale VM

"I want to again compliment you & your band for an AWESOME CD.  Both Linda & I bought your STEEL WOOL & I've played it over & over & I marvel at your song writing & the harmonies of all 4 of you!  Are the words to your songs on your website?  I'd love to read them over like reading a poem.  I laugh at Fat Jesus... & wondered - where the heck did the inspiration for that come from?  I figured you were in SF
(It was Denver, actually), sitting there people-watching & this guy came by...  And what about that Candy song?  You are a very gifted man & I'm looking forward to hearing you all play together again." - Sue L.

"The STEEL WOOL Band is one awesome band that will rock your socks off!!
Full of original tunes and lots of good energy!! A delight to have them on my show.
Rome of the Rock-n-Rome Show on KRVM 91.9 FM Eugene, Oregon"

"Fat Jesus on a Bicycle is probably the best indie music video to come out of Lane County, probably Oregon, ever." Eugene Daily News

"Love the music!! Where to start... Exquisite vocals. Nel has a hint of Grace Slick and Its a Beautiful Day. The guitar work is awesome! The rhythm on several tracks have an early Van Morrison feel. Also Cat Stevens. Love the Fat Jesus on a Bicycle. Kyrie eleison. Lots of imagination throughout. Lets Jam!" Rythmoil in Arizona

Streamimg Live Radio Interview on Manzanita Radio, June 1, 2017

From TR Kelley, 2013:
We’re pretty damn funky, intense, playful, danceable, smart, pretty. Lotsa harmonies. I think we bring new songs to a group of folks who remember CS&N and the Beatles. These folks like to dance, like to hear real songs about contemporary issues and feelings, feel resonance with what we do. Once more folks hear us, our audience will expand to include younger folks enjoying the “Americana” genre. Lots of rhythms and acoustic sounds with soaring vocals. We’re not Pop or Rap, but most other styles can be heard in our set – everybody could be our audience!

Summer 2016 Photo Album Here "I'm Not Sleeping"

STEEL WOOL means having a great time

Do you feel an itch in your feet? The kind that tells you it’s time to dance? Are you sharing that persuasive inclination alongside of joyful, dancing kiddos and tuned in, humming oldsters? You might be at a STEEL WOOL concert and if so: you’re having a great time!

One look at this motley crew of musicians and you can tell there’s only one thing that could have brought them all together: their love for their craft (and, of course their shared passion for silliness, rainbows and perfect harmonies). Fairly recently formed, Steel Wool is a beat driven band with exceptional bass guitar, well placed drum beats and no-nonsense rhythm guitar paired with well crafted harmonies and plain and simple joy. 

STEEL WOOL’s music is approachable, danceable, fun to sing along to and suitable for a wide audience. Not totally G rated, there are a few ‘naughty words’ mixed in here and there along with some somewhat controversial or political statements – but they couldn’t very well call themselves a rock and roll band without a little spice mixed in, could they? Read more of this Blog entry here. 


"Their music really touched me. As a parent and grandparent who has been around the block, the soft truth in the lyrics was a joy. Thank you." - Bob S.

"When I saw the acoustic guitar, I thought they wouldn't be funky. OMG, I was wrong! Funky!!" - Julie S.

"My friend liked it so much he wants to start a 'Steel Wool Tribute Band'. Silly." - Tessa

"I LOVE FAT JESUS!!!" - Aradia F.

"Wow, all original music? We were all singing along... are you sure they weren't covers? Awesome." - John K.

"Steel Wool's music went straight through my body right into my heart - and my money maker! Shake it and wake it, Momma!" - Bill L.

STEEL WOOL is a folk group who isn't afraid to get funky.

"Muddy Water Rising" is like the music people listened to in the 60's, it's fresh and carefree and doesn't have a mean bone in its structure. It's all about the energy of life and enjoying yourself. While "Fat Jesus On a Bicycle" sounds like a hilarious song, it's actually a funky song. This is a surprise coming from a folk group but hey, it's entertaining.

"I Can't Tell You (9/11)" also has some funky moments as well, while "Fill My Heart" puts things on an upbeat course that is fun and a little light with moments here and there. "I'm Not Sleeping" is where we started, that nice folk sound and it makes for a well-rounded listening experience with STEEL WOOL. If you're a fan of the music that called the 70's home but need something new to your ears, check out STEEL WOOL

Acoustic Rock Reborn

upbeat and happily serious

Inspired by CSN, the Eagles, and Paul Simon, these 4 players breathe fresh life into deep grooves cut by time and experience, bringing Acoustic Rock into the 21st century.
STEEL WOOL is a harmony loving, acoustic rock band spinning on the edges of funk, rock, folk and traditional Zimbabwean mbira music.
friendly, too

Featuring Tim Mueller as songwriter, lead vocalist and guitar player; TR Kelley on bass and vocals, Nel Applegate on mbira, djembe, percussion and vocals, and Randy Hamme on drums, this Eugene, Oregon band moves the heart and soul with stories of truth and joy and love and loss, and catches fire with three part harmonies, the haunting mbira, inventive bass lines, danceable grooves and world beat percussion.

Tim Mueller has been performing and writing music since 1965. A featured acoustic act during the Vietnam protest era, he performed at many venues in the Midwest before relocating to New York where he opened for major acts including the Byrds, Sugarloaf and Ted Nugent. His guitar style is reminiscent of Steven Stills, with songs drawing inspiration from many genres including the Blues, World Beat, Folk–Rock and Rock.
After transplanting to Oregon 25+ years ago, Tim has performed at many local clubs and events in Central Oregon and has done much volunteer work with the Autism community as a Founder and board member of
Tim writes heart tugging songs of truth and joy and love and loss, and delivers them with a voice resonating with the power and wisdom of a life's journey and the sonic feel and warmth of rich, dark, melted chocolate. His approach to the guitar incorporates driving rhythm and out-of-the-box chord voicing producing a solid rhythm guitar groove for the rest of the band to build upon.

TR Kelley's knowledge of stage, music, theory, and bass guitar spans 40 years. She has played with many popular Northwest acts including ‘Babes with Axes’, ‘The Raventones’, and the Laura Kemp Band. TR's bright hard-driving presence on both fretted and fretless basses is reminiscent of Jaco Pastorius' work with Joni Mitchell. TR brings a dynamic and soulful approach to her harmony vocals, and an uncanny ability to meld her voice to bring the correct feel, timbre and tone needed to convey the message of the lyric on an almost instinctual level. TR’s confident and empowering stage presence captivates, entertains, and bring inspiration to each audience she encounters.

Nel Applegate is a regular on the Eugene music scene performing in the marimba band “Jenaguru” and the mbira ensemble “Mudzidzi Mbira”. Nel is a strong, solid and capable harmony singer who’s warm amber voice rounds out STEEL WOOL’s powerful vocal triad. Nel has studied with many Zimbabwean master musicians over the past decades and uses various percussion instruments, djembe and mbira to bring a world beat edge to their sound.

Randy Hamme grew up loving music. Randy's background as multi-instrumentalist, professional sound engineer, song writer and his love of arrangement brought on by the music of the "big band" and "prog rock" era bring depth to his drum and percussion playing role in STEEL WOOL.
Randy and TR, the "RTR Rhythm Section" have performed together for many years as the popular duo "The Raventones" and have developed the uncanny tightness, feel, and instinct of a veteran rhythm section. Randy brings a snap and vibrancy to his playing and to the stage with his 60's era sparkle red drum set.

From rich harmony on "Just Maybe"
to world beat rhythm on “Rainbow”
to tender love songs like All the Love in the World” and "You're My Flower"
to activist anthems like “Love is the Power”
this music will get you off the couch!


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