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, under the umbrella of, "Americana" music. 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 Jeff Goldstein (bass), Al Speed (keyboards), and Jack Gabis (banjo, b-bender guitar). 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.
Built around the songwriting of Steve, The WellDiggers started out as, Fourteen Feet sometime around 1999. Under that name, Steve released 3 albums; "All You Need" (2001), "Running Hearts" (2006), and "Stole Away, The Billy Sessions" (2008). For his work on, "Stole Away", Steve was nominated to the Austin, Texas based, "Freeform American Roots" (FAR) charts as one of the top 5 songwriters of 2008. "Stole Away" was one of the top selling albums at the popular online Americana music distributor, "Miles to Music", holding the number 1 spot for several months. The change over to, The WellDiggers came about following the loss of drummer, Billy Cairns, for whom the last album was named.
In addition to their local New York 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. Individually, or as a band they have shared the stage with the likes of, Pete Seeger Graham Parker, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (Del-Lords, Steve Earle), Marah, Keith Christopher (Georgia Satellites), Chip Robinson (Backsliders). The Silos, and many others...
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"Hope and Fear"
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
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A new album is, "in the works"
Recording sessions are taking place for a new album to be released sometime in 2015. Check back here and we'll keep you posted.
Contact the Band
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