The WellDiggers are a New York based roots-rock, alt-country band that runs the gamut from acoustic folk and blues, to full throttle twanging, electric rock 'n roll. Founded and fronted by singer/songwriter, guitarist, Steve Welner, the band includes, Rich Lanahan (guitar), Don Gabis (bass), and Mike Leuci (drums); other "Diggers" include Jack Gabis (guitar,banjo) and Jeff Goldstein (bass). Their latest album, "Hope and Fear" (2012) received excellent reviews, and 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. They have received local, New York airplay on FM Stations, WEHM, WRCN, WBAB, and WUSB along with an assortment of college and independent radio stations here and abroad. In addition to their local fan base they have fans as far reaching as the UK, Europe, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands due to online distribution and airplay of their music. Some of the artists that they have shared the stage or recorded with include Pete Seeger, Graham Parker, Peter Rowan, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (Del Lords, Steve Earle), Keith Christopher (Georgia Satellites), Chip Robinson (Backsliders), and Rob Arthur (Peter Frampton); to name a few.
Saturday, January 10: RS Jones Merrick, NY 7:30 pm
"acoustic revue", with Steve, Don, and Rich
Friday, January 23: Big Daddy's Massapequa, NY 8:30 pm
full band show
"Hope and Fear"
The WellDiggers, "Hope and Fear" features 11 new songs written by, Steve Welner. Serious, yet fun, high energy roots-romp packed with thoughtful lyrics, and fortified with fiddles, banjos, pedal steel, mandolins, dobros, and plenty of guitars!
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 quaility of every aspect of this recording that many will envy but very few if any can improve on.
"...Love the record, man...will definitely be in my best releases for 2012!!!"... Colin Fieding DJ @ 3INR (96.5 inner fm)
"...Right here, our WellDiggers provide authentic as it gets, dosie doe, shit kicking and porch swing swaying down home charm. Welner's chords resonate with warmth and power and recreate a youthful Tom Petty while the band resounds with old time meets Son Volt...these boys do it right"... Doc Blues, LIBS
Please click on the album cover to purchase, Hope and Fear.
A new album is, "in the works"
Recording sessions are taking place for a new album! All new songs to be released sometime in 2015. Check back here and we'll keep you posted.
Contact the Band
The WellDiggers are available to play at your house concert, party, festival, musical event, etc.
All bookings please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jukebox: Click on a song to listen.