The WellDiggers
The WellDiggers are a New York based roots-rock, alt-country band that runs the musical gamut from acoustic based, folk and blues, to full throttle, twangin' electric rock.  Founded by singer/songwriter, guitarist, Steve Welner, the band includes, Rich Lanahan (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Don Gabis (bass, vocals), Jack Gabis (guitar, banjo, vocals), Mike Leuci (drums), and Mike Meehan (bass).  Their latest album, "Hope and Fear" (2012) received excellent reviews, and was selected as one of the top albums of the year by, "American Roots, UK's",  Mike Morrison and by, "Folk 'n Roots" 31NR (96.5) DJ,  Colin Fielding.

Steve was nominated as one of the, top 5 songwriters of the year, to the Austin,Texas based, "Freeform American Roots (FAR)" charts for the album, "Stole Away, The Billy Sessions" (2008).  Produced by, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, "Stole Away"  was the 3rd, and final album from his former band, Fourteen Feet.  The WellDiggers were formed shortly after the release of, Stole Away due to the untimely loss of inspirational drummer, Billy Cairns.  

Some of the artists that they have shared the stage or recorded with include Pete Seeger, Levon Helm, Graham Parker, Peter Rowan, Marah, Silos, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (Del-Lords, Steve Earle), Tandy, Felice Bros, Keith Christopher (Georgia Satellites), and Chip Robinson (Backsliders).
Saturday, May 10: The Crooked Rail E. Northport, NY 9:00pm
Saturday, May 17: RS Jones Merrick, NY 7:30pm

"acoustic performance" 
for more dates and details please check the "gigs" page

"Hope and Fear" 
"Hope and Fear" features 11 brand new root rockin', foot tappin'  songs written by, Steve Welner; all the songs are played and sung by actual human musicians (even the drums, mind you).  See, or rather hear for yourself why the album has been selected as one of the, "best of 2012" by Colin Fielding, 31NR (96.5 inner fm) and "AmericanRoots UK".  
"...Excellent album of alt-country rock with good songs and edgy evocative vocals. 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. 4.5**** (of 5)"... Mike Morrison AmericanRoots UK
"...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.

Contact the Band
The WellDiggers are available to play at your house concert, party, festival, musical event, etc.
All bookings please
A new album is, "in the works"
Recording sessions taking place for a new album. It is scheduled for a 2014 release.
Check back here and we'll keep you posted.


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