Steppin' In It

Steppin' In It


Steppin' In It has earned a reputation for their mastery of traditional American styles and their incredible variety of vintage instruments. They play what Performing Songwriter Magazine calls, "some of the liveliest and most rocking acoustic roots music around."


For 10 years, four young men from Michigan have been breathing new life into old-time music. Steppin' In It has earned a reputation for their mastery of traditional American styles and their incredible variety of vintage instruments. The band has become a staple at folk festivals, concerts and clubs from coast to coast playing what Performing Songwriter Magazine calls "some of the liveliest and most rocking acoustic roots music around." The quartet put these years of sweaty stages, highway miles & tattered set-lists on tape with the release of their latest album "Simple Tunes For Troubled Times."

"Rare indeed when a collection of songs creates an entire world. Yet that’s exactly what transpires with Steppin’ In It’s "Simple Tunes for Troubled Times." Sonically painting with a pleasant array of old time country swing and blues, this Lansing, Michigan, quartet brilliantly updates a resurging American musical genre. Populating this 11-track collection is an aging riverboat, the ghost of Richard Manuel, innocent love, dreams that are dashed, and the struggle of the common man. It’s a world Woody Guthrie knew about, and sang about. Steppin’ In It conveys the wonder of the American spirit, but also its heartache. Led by composer/guitarist Joshua Davis, traditional roots music is celebrated here by plaintive vocals and sweet harmonies, plus musicianship that is positively staggering. The number of instruments manned by Davis, upright bassist Dominic John Suchyta, steel guitarist Joe Wilson and the harmonica-playing Andy Wilson includes trombone, trumpet, Cajun accordion, dobro, slide guitar, Cajun fiddle, clawhammer banjo. Even rarer, though their competence on these instruments is clearly superior, there is little, if any, soloing taking place. All four musicians play to support the essence of the song. A true ensemble, their wonderful arrangements take us on a rich journey through the jaunty "Give My Regards to Miss Moline," the Texas swing of "Hittin’ on All Six," the laid-back "Wren’s Lul-la-by," the true-blue "The Long Haul," and my fave, "Washtenaw County." Though mostly originals, there’s also a rollicking version of Randy Newman’s "Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)." These artists earn my vote for band of the year.

© Fred Kraus, Minor 7th

Fleming Artists


Simple Tunes for Troubled Times - 2008
Hidden in the Lowlands - 2004
Last Winter in the Copper Country - 2002
Children Take Your Shoes Off - 2000

Steppin' In It has airplay throughout the States, Canada and Europe, has been featured on XM, Sirius, Meijer's, "Outside the Mainstream" program, and specialty programs around the globe.

Recent Events
Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Telluride, CO
Gunnison Center For the Arts – Gunnison, CO
The Back Rose Folk Society - Black Forest CO
Swallow Hill – Denver, CO
The Old Town School of Folk Music – Chicago, IL
Evanston Starlight Concert Series – Evanston, IL
Magnolia Festival – Bean Blossom, IN
Old Settlers Festival -Austin, TX
Cactus Cafe - Austin, TX
Uncle Calvins - Dallas, TX
East Lansing Art Festival – East Lansing, MI
Top of the Park – Ann Arbor, MI
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park - Grand Rapids, MI
The Interlochen Arts Festival – Interlochen, MI
The Creole Gallery – Lansing, MI
The Wheatland Music Fest - Remus, MI
The Glen Arbor Art Association - Glen Arbor, MI
The Hiawatha Music Fest - Marquette, MI
The Kalamazoo Folklore Society - Kalamazoo, MI
Gopherwood Concerts - Cadillac, MI
Blissfest - Cross Village, MI
Grand Marais Folk Fest - Grand Marais, MI
Top Of The Park – Ann Arbor, MI
The Ann Arbor Folk Festival – Ann Arbor, MI
The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI
Mountain Stage – West Virginia Public Radio
The Purple Fiddle - Thomas, WV
The New Song Festival – Charlestown, WV
Kent State Folk Fest – Kent, OH
The Cuyahoga National Park Concert Series – Brecksville, OH
Belle Chere Street Festival – Ashville, NC
Summer Tracks Concert Series - Tryon, NC
The National Old Time Country Music Fest - Missouri Valley, IA
The Mill Iowa City, IA
WXPR Concert Series - Rhinelander, WI
Music in The Sqaure - Wausau, WI
The Guthrie Center - Great Barrington, MA
Club Passim – Boston, MA
Woody Guthrie Fest - Okemah, OK
Suwannee Springfest – Live Oak, FL
St James Place - Cotter, AR
The Festival of Traditional Arts – Quebec City, Quebec

Set List

Steppin' In It blends original material and traditional American music.