Steam Machine is a Minneapolis-based stringband that plays tunes and songs from the transitional era between old-time and bluegrass. Their repertoire ranges from fiddle tunes collected in the Midwest plains to Appalachian songs/tunes recorded in the 78 era. They combine clean, powerful fiddling with driving three finger banjo, a lively, solid rhythm section, and raw, unprocessed vocals.
Steam Machine is:
AJ Srubas- Fiddle, Vocals
AJ grew up in a musical household and became obsessed with the fiddle at age 10. Eighteen years later, he is a tireless collector of old recordings and a versatile player and teacher. AJ has played concerts/dances and taught fiddle workshops at Augusta Old-Time Week, Berkeley Old-Time Music Gathering, Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival, many Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association festivals, and the Minnesota State Fiddlers Association. AJ also plays in several other groups, including the New Riverside Ramblers (Cajun) and Hello Heartache (country).
Aaron Tacke- Banjo, Vocals
Tacke first learned to play clawhammer style banjo, but he was inspired to learn three-finger style after hearing Kyle Creed and the Blue Ridge Square Dance. He has quickly become a much desired player for his driving three-finger sound. Tacke has played concerts/dances and taught banjo workshops at the Berkeley Old-Time Music Gathering, Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival, Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association festivals, and more. When not playing old-time, Tacke likes to play and sing country songs in the Minneapolis-based Hello Heartache, and build guitars and banjos at the Red River Banjo Co.
Rina Rossi- Guitar, Vocals + square dance calling
In addition to playing guitar, Rina also danced with the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers for 8 years and calls dances regularly at the Monday Night Square Dance in Minneapolis. She has played dances/concerts, taught flatfooting, fiddle, bass, and guitar workshops, and called square dances at Augusta Old-Time Week, Berkeley Old-Time Music Gathering, Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival, many Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association festivals, the Washington D.C. Square Dance, and more.
Nokosee Fields - Bass
Nokosee Fields was born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His musical endeavors include Renaissance choral music, historical Baroque performance, honky-tonk, country, bluegrass, and old-time. Nokosee has toured nationally and internationally as well as on NPR’s Mountain Stage. He has worked at many youth camps and recently has been teaching fiddle music throughout Indigenous villages in the interior of Alaska through a youth and community program called Dancing with the Spirit. He as also taught at Augusta Heritage Center and other music camps.