During the summer of 2014, Calgary ’s Edworthy Park was a convenient place to jam. What banjo player Nathan H-Thompson and guitarist Ben Rogalsky didn’t expect, was for passers-by to take interest in their music and start giving them money. As the coins and album requests added up, these accidental buskers decided to take it seriously and Steel & Timber was born. Within a short time, their energetic performances earned them invitations to farmers markets, festivals, charity events, and private functions in Calgary and the surrounding area.
When the band released their debut EP “Home Brew” in 2015, it allowed them to reach new audiences and their song No Enemy made it to the regional top ten for southern Alberta in CBC’s Searchlight.
In the spring of 2017, Steel & Timber released their first studio album, “Everything You Own”. In the wake of this release, the band enjoyed some notable stages including the 4th Street Lilac Fest, The Rosebud Folk Festival, The King Eddy during the Bell Live Series, and have shared stages with Amy Hef and J.J. Shiplett.
2018 is looking bright as Steel & Timber will appear at Rogers Hometown Hockey Canmore Alberta in February.
Steel & Timber’s sound could be classified as alternative folk and roots. Banjo, upright bass, and acoustic guitar are commonly associated with old country and bluegrass - and although they will claim influences by the Avett Brothers and Johnny Cash, Steel & Timber also blends in riff rock and effects, creating sounds that are more associated with bands like The Black Keys.