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Steel Audrey / Bio

A bare-knuckle boxer with a soft side - that’s Steel Audrey.

The Vancouver-based americana/folk rock trio (influenced by The Avett Brothers, Johnny Cash and Ryan Adams) can go from powerful and raucous in one moment to melodic and sorrowful the next. Singing embellished tales of seedy characters set to a gritty and energetic live performance; their blue-collar origins are evident in both their narrative and delivery. Whether past or present, their stories give voice to the oppressed, the dark horse, and the downtrodden.

An evolution of Derek Kehler’s self-titled solo work, Steel Audrey expresses a way of life now past, one which is rooted in the Canadian prairies, on a small-town farm where he grew up. Some of the songs on their upcoming record have been honed over nine years, through performances and collaborations with other local songwriters and troubadours.

2010 was pretty significant for Steel Audrey – it represents the transition from solo folk musician to folk rock trio, when both Derek’s wife, Rachele, and Krista Lehman contributed their uniquely distinct talents to the band: Rachele brought her ethereal soprano voice, penchant for old instruments (accordion and concertina) and the impressive ability to sing, play and stomp a kick drum at the same time; Krista, her sultry alto vocal and propensity for the harmonica and all things bluesy.

Steel Audrey has also been known to include other musicians for live shows whenever the opportunity presents itself, filling out their sound with instruments such as electric guitar, lapsteel, bass and drums.

In late 2011 Steel Audrey began recording with award-winning producer Matthew Rogers of Neighbourhood Productions (C.R. Avery, Mark Berube, Adrian Glynn). Steel Audrey is set to release their debut self-titled EP on June 29, 2012.

Steel Audrey, the album, begins with…

Sunshine Hill (Summer), a raucous, uplifting ukulele tune surrounded by spirited Appalachian harmonies. It carries on with anecdotes of a variety of ramshackle antagonists. And next…

Silver City, the ballad of a mysterious gunman. Then…

Pocketwatch Patrick who “spent [his] purse on a dream and a girl.” The EP closes with…

Sunshine Hill (Winter), a revised version that relinquishes any hope that may still have been lingering amidst these anti-heroes’ bedraggled pursuits, the last lyric conceding: “there’s skills in these bones, but the tendons will not hold; I lost my will when winter came down on Sunshine Hill”.

Steel Audrey will be embarking on their first of three western Canadian mini-tours in June to support their upcoming album and music videos.

General Info

Band Members
Derek Kehler, Rachele Kehler, Krista Lehman
Artist Name
Steel Audrey
Home Page
Active Since
Americana / Folk Rock / Alt.Country

Contact Info

Vancouver, BC, CA

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