"....The WellDiggers are a band that really should be up there with the leading lights of 'alt country' thanks to their individuality and the high quality that very few if any can improve on." Mike Morrison, American Roots UK
"...The 10 Welner original songs are reminiscient of John Hiatt during his musically fertile period of, "Riding with the King", "Bring the Family", Stolen Moments" and "Perfectly Good Guitar"... " Francois, Rootsville SWA
Founded and fronted by singer/songwriter, guitarist, Steve Welner, The WellDiggers are a New York based roots-rock, alt-country band that runs the gamut from acoustic folk and blues, to full throttle electric rock 'n roll; today's prevailing descriptive would be, "Americana" music. Along with Steve, the band features, Rich Lanahan (lead guitar/vocals), Don Gabis (bass/vocals), and Mike Leuci (drums). The last album from, The WellDiggers' , "Hope and Fear" (2012) was selected as one of the top 10 albums of the year by, "American Roots UK's", Mike Morrison and by, "Folk 'n Roots" 31NR (96.5) DJ, Colin Fielding. Steve is currently working on a new album which is scheduled to be released in 2016.
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BunkerFest, A Music & Arts Jamboree, August 21
An amazing day-long musical event featuring some of the area's most talented musicians and featuring art and photography exhibits from local artists. Click on the pic below in order to get your tickets and for more info...
The WellDiggers to play, "Benefest", August 13
The WellDiggers will be playing a set at Benefest" once again this year. Benefest is a multi-band 2 day event to benefit SUNY Stony Brook's public radio station, WUSB (90.1fm). The WellDiggers hit the stage on Saturday at 4:00pm.
Sweet Simple Life
A new studio album, currently titled, "Sweet, Simple Life" is in the works and should be ready to roll this fall, 2016. The album is a a so-called, "solo" album, as it will be the first album I've recorded without either, Fourteen Feet or The WellDiggers. Most of the sessions are taking place at, Parcheesi Studios in Huntington, NY with co-producer, engineer, and outstanding musician, Bob Stander. The plan is to deliver to you, 11 toe-tappin', roots-rockin', folkin', and country bluesin' songs to kick around! Check back here and we'll keep ya'll posted
It takes a rhythm section...In addition to engineering and co-producing, Bob Stander also plays bass on all of the songs, as well as guitar on a "bunch" of 'em. I am delighted to have one of my all-time favorite drummers, Shawn Murray aboard for this album, as well. I remember watching Shawn play, "back in the day", long before I had the pleasure of meeting him, when he was the drummer for the late, great, Willy Deville!
Roscoe...I'm thrilled to have my friend, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel to play electric guitar and sing on the upcoming album. The last time we worked together was back in 2007, when he produced the highly successful, Fourteen Feet/"Stole Away" album. Eric is a legendary recording artist, guitarist, and producer (Joan Jett, Del-Lords, Yahoos, Steve Earle, etc.) who just released his own 4th solo album, "Lakeside". Make sure to check out Roscoe's site and pick up a copy of his new album.
New York/New Orleans style... New York's own Paul Errico joined us at Parcheesi to lay down piano, keys, and accordion tracks. Paul is a wonderful musician who I first heard playing with "another" one of my favorite singer/songwriters named Steve; Steve Forbert! The stars were aligned just as I was about to search for the "right" fiddle player for a couple of songs. As fate would have it I was invited to a Saturday evening house concert featuring, New Orleans fiddle virtuoso, Gina Forsyth. Short story short; I picked Gina up at the airport on that Friday, we downed a tall cup of coffee, and then headed over to the studio to track the tunes.
Saturday, August 20: RS Jones Merrick, NY 7:30 pm
Friday, August 26: Big Daddy's Massapequa, NY 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 27: Bunkerfest Jamboree
E Northport, NY Bunkerfest 2016
Saturday, September 10: Merrick Street Fair Merrick, NY
for more dates and details please check out the, gigs page...