Republik Steele, recently signed to Rural Rhythm Records, is a hard driving, soulful, bluegrass band that puts a fresh twist on traditional style music. This five member band was started in Southeastern Kentucky and includes members from Virginia and Tennessee. The name Republik Steele serves as a tribute to the hardworking coal miners of the area. The fathers & grandfathers of three of the members worked for the same large mining company by the name of Republic Steel.
The lead singer and rhythm guitar player, David Adkins, lives in Elkhorn City, Kentucky. He began playing and singing when he was just eight years old. He spent two years playing Bluegrass at Dollywood when he was seventeen. His musical background includes both country and rock and spans over twelve years. In 2010 he returned to the genre that was his first love, Bluegrass.
Also from Elkhorn City, Kentucky, mandolin player and baritone singer, Kenny O’Quinn started at an equally young age. He was playing guitar at nine and added drums when he was eleven. He found his true calling when he picked up a mandolin when he was sixteen years old. He played and toured the country and abroad with some big bands for several years. He has found the Bluegrass home he loves in Republik Steele.
The third member from Elkhorn City, Kentucky is Danny Ray Stilner. He is a third generation bass player and began playing at age fifteen. His heritage is apparent in his smooth style of cord progression. He is a solid tyme machine for Republik Steele.
On lead guitar is sixteen year old Wesley Wolfe from Mount Carmel, Tennessee. He is a phenomenon with the chops of a road worthy veteran. He started playing at only five years old. He has played in several regional bands and adds some awesome licks to the music of Republik Steele.
The banjo player and tenor singer, Matt Cruby resides in Fort Blackmore, Virginia. He started out playing guitar at five and picked up the banjo for the first time when he was ten years old. It didn’t take long for him to forge his way into the Bluegrass scene with experience playing in several bands. He has the hard driving style that makes him a perfect fit to round out the Republik Steele family.