Steel Petals

Steel Petals

 Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Swamp blues meets southern rock or as we like to say, a "Backyard Southern Soul Revue". The music is grounded in roots and driven by inspiration containing elements of southern rock, soul, blues, funk, and gospel, delivered in a colorful and captivating manner.


The music of Steel Petals is grounded in roots and as such conjures up a warm familiarity we can all identify with. Combining elements of southern rock, country blues, soul, and funk, their music is driven by inspiration wholly unique to their own. Gritty lap steel, Hammond B3, electric piano, and groove based drums and bass vanguard a style reminiscent of groups such as
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, James Gang, and Derek and the Dominoes.
While the band is not above the occasional jam, songs are concise but powerful and capable of attracting a diverse audience during live performances.
Steel Petals began in 2003 by guitarist, singer/songwriter Blake Ohlson who is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Always drawn by the "Sound of the South", Ohlson moved to Charleston, SC in 2007 where Steel Petals was reintroduced with a fresh lineup of talented musicians. Ohlson first met drummer Duck Reynolds (formerly of the Defilers) and began laying the foundation for their current sound. They later recruited bassist Marty Whipkey and keyboardist Whitt Algar to begin performing and recording in and around Charleston. Ohlson points out that "the sound you hear today by the band is really what I had floating around in my head for the past ten years. It just took eight of the ten to figure out who and how to do it." As the band continued to perfect their live show, their hard work finally paid off when they were voted Best Original Band at the 2009 TUW Battle of the Bands at the Music Farm in Charleston.
April 2010 marks the release of SP's first full length album. This self titled release will be available at all upcoming shows in the lowcountry as wells as on itunes, cd baby, and through their official website at


April 2010 "Steel Petals" self-titled
Performance venues past and present:
- Music Farm
- Windjammer
- Home Team BBQ
- Awendaw Green
- Village Tavern
- Map Room
- Kickin Chicken

Set List

- The Tides
- Jealousy for Hire
- Yer Bottom
- True to Me
- Tumbleweed
- Halfway to Nowhere
- Long way from Love
- Tecumseh
- Satellite Blues
- Sunday Sound
- Love and Hate
Covers include a wide variety of Blues Rock

- Outside Woman Blues
- Ophelia
- Big River
- I know you Rider
- Got to get Better in a Little While
- Bottle of Red Wine
- War
- Your Touch