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Listen to the new single If Not For The Rain— out now on all digital outlets

The Southern Rock band announces the release of On Your Time out October 6 via Woods Music / Thirty Tigers
As a band, we have seen our fair share of stormy weather and now have a new-found perspective and appreciation for the journey ahead.”  Wes Bayliss, The Steel Woods

June 30, 2023; Nashville, TN: Renowned Southern rock band The Steel Woods have announced their fourth studio album, On Your Time, and are releasing the first single, “If Not For The Rain.” It has been two years since they released All of Your Stones, and the band is back with an album that reveals calm and introspective thoughts as well delivering the gripping country and rock and roll that’s found them lauded by Rolling Stone Country, Whiskey Riff, Saving Country Music and Wide Open Country, among others. The band, who’s shared stages with Cody Jinks, Cody Johnson and Miranda Lambert as well as gracing festival stages nationwide, have announced an extensive U.S. tour to support the album (scroll down for complete dates and ticket info).

The Steel Woods have captivated audiences with their powerful sound and heartfelt lyrics over their past three albums. With On Your Time, they embark on a poignant and emotional journey loosely following the trajectory of Uncle Lloyd, a charming but dissolute character first introduced on The Woods’ debut album, 2017’s Straw in the Wind. This ambitious album not only showcases their musical evolution and episodic storytelling abilities but also serves as a tribute to the vision and legacy of their late co-founder, Jason “Rowdy” Cope, who passed away just before the release of their third album, All of Your Stones. Led by Wes Bayliss, the band’s guitarist, lead vocalist and co-founder, The Steel Woods have poured their heart and soul into this album, creating a record that reflects their resilience, growth and unwavering spirit.

Bayliss explains what “’If Not For The Rain’ means to the band. “This is a song I wrote with Taylor McCall in between recording sessions for this record,” he says. “It was the first time I’ve ever written with him. As a band, we have seen our fair share of stormy weather and now have a new-found perspective and appreciation for the journey ahead.”

Tickets to their extensive tour taking the band from Boston to California are available for purchase now. The band will be playing a handful of festivals including; Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Night in the Country, Caveman Music Festival and Rebels and Renegades. Joining the band on tour are some fantastic newcomers and some names you’ve heard before; Brent Cobb (Co-Headline), Zach Top, Erin Viancourt, Bones Owens, Them Dirty Roses, Olivia Wolf, Danno Simpson and Will Jones. There will be plenty of moments for fans to enjoy the early favorites like “Axe” and “Better in the Fall”, as well as some new songs like the absolutely jaw-dropping “Border Lord.” 

As Wide Open Country once wrote, “There’s no shortage of Southern rock bands following in the revered boot steps of The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, but The Steel Woods are honoring those forefathers while blazing their own trail. Raised on equal parts Appalachian mountain music, gospel and Zeppelin, the Nashville-based band is the perfect blend of hard-driving, gritty Southern rock and intimate country storytelling.” 

On Your Time stays true to this course, finding The Steel Woods committed to the vision they created in the beginning, back when fishing buddies Bayliss and Cope worked on the songs that would eventually evolve into their debut album, Straw in the Wind. It’s a legacy the band is proud to carry with this powerful collection — songs that show the band has seen plenty of rain, but are keeping their eyes on those clear skies ahead.