There are quite literally no harder workers or dedicated performers in this world than the folks who make up Steel Pennies when it comes not only to performing exquisite bluegrass music but also furthering the cause of the bluegrass industry. I’m glad my own band got there first when it came to being the hosts of the High Mountain Hay Fever Festival, because Steel Pennies would not only make great hosts but their dedication and joyous, welcoming personalities make them seem like “guest hosts” wherever they perform. And for the record, Dave Patton is a genuinely funny man, both on and off the stage.
Ron Thomason, Chairman, Board of Directors, High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival
There’s an old saying in the bluegrass music industry: “Not everyone can be from Kentucky.” Steel Pennies is the embodiment of why that saying is so obscure. The band is steeped in every “Kentucky” characteristic that makes for good bluegrass music. When you hear them perform you believe they could have just come from “running the hounds” in a mountain coon hunt; or long hard work in the woods, the lumber mill, or the mines; or a back porch where friends and neighbors were enjoying wood-stove cooking and the kind of personal pickin’ ‘n’ singin’ that only comes from facing each other. Theirs is the kind of music that “tastes” like it’s steeped in bourbon—made, one might think, by a band member.
Heidi Clare, old-time fiddler
Steel Pennies wowed the audience at the Broomfield Auditorium with their high energy performance. With the addition of Kathy Drazsnzak, their vocal harmonies astound. It seems Steel Pennies have hit their stride and have taken the band to a higher level of perfection.
Doris Gray, Colorado Bluegrass Music Association, President Emeritus
The Steel Pennies opened up the Showcase Stage at the 39th Annual Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival. The Steel Pennies packed a lot material into their energetic performance and set a high standard for the following acts. Their performance was well-rehearsed, professional, and moved quickly from one song to the next which kept the crowd tuned in and involved. Having several lead vocalists, both male and female, and strong instrumentation, enables the Steel Pennies to present a variety of musical styles and sounds. They’re fun.
Bob Dodge, Vice President, Southwest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Association
It was a blast sharing the stage with Steel Pennies for our spring concert. Not only are they excellent musicians and songwriters, but true performers and entertainers!
Tad Koriath, Colorado Repertory Singers
When I let the Steel Pennies roll here….they all came “heads-up!” Great performances, great songs and all FUN at the same time. Roll some “Steel Pennies” and you won’t be sorry. This is solid, accessible bluegrass for real America here in the hills of western PA. Highly recommended.
Ron Adams, Program Director, “The Valley” AM 1620, Ligonier, PA
Steel Pennies were spectacular. They were amazing to work with and really got our party started! Excellent blend of superb musicianship, fun and professionalism.
Nicholas Scaletta, Groom and Customer