Successful Winston County duo to perform in Carbon Hill

Posted 8/19/18

Winston County natives Bo Steele and Ben Rubino, known professionally as The Band Steele, will be performing in Carbon Hill on Saturday night.

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Successful Winston County duo to perform in Carbon Hill


Winston County natives Bo Steele and Ben Rubino, known professionally as The Band Steele, are coming home to celebrate the release of their new single.

The duo will be performing at The Crazy Horse in Carbon Hill on Saturday at 9 p.m. The concert is being billed as a radio release party for "Sit Awhile," the third single released from their sophomore album, "Moon in a Mason Jar."

The tune, released to country radio on Aug. 13 and to streaming outlets on Aug. 17, was co-written by Steele and Rubino on the banks of Smith Creek. 

Its themes of loss and seeking comfort from familiar places in the midst of grief inspired a music video dedicated to members of the military.

"We've already gotten so much positive feedback from people with PTSD. It's incredible how it's helping people," Rubino said.

Veterans who present a valid military ID will receive a free, autographed CD at Saturday's show.

The "Sit Awhile" video was recently filmed in Atlanta and is expected to be released next month.

The Band Steele's most recent video, "195," premiered Aug. 6 on Heartland TV's "Country Fix." Filming took place along Highway 195 in Winston County.

Rubino and Steele are graduates of Winston County High School.

They began performing together after Steele wowed his classmates at a talent show in his freshman year of high school. Rubino, a year younger than Steele, said the two had immediate chemistry. 

"Our goal was always to write the music and share it with people. There was never a moment when we said, 'Let's try this for real.' There was something inside of us that was always there that wanted to sing in front of people, and we never gave up on that," Rubino said.

In 2010, one year afte graduating from high school, Steele was visiting his grandmother at a Huntsville hospital when his impromptu a cappella performance of "Victory in Jesus" was captured on video. 

After the video went viral on social media, Steele and Rubino were interviewed by the Huntsville TV station WHNT as well as by local radio personalties Rick and Bubba.

In 2015, they signed a record deal with New York City-based indie label, Fire River Records and officially became The Band Steele.

Their debut album, "Tan Lines," was released in September 2016. 

A song from the album is featured in the 2016 film "Life on the Line," which starred John Travolta as an electrical lineman. The duo were also inspired to write a new song and release a corresponding music video dedicated to linemen.

Since finding success, Steele and Rubino have come home to perform in front of hometown crowds as often as possible.

They performed to a sold-out crowd in Double Springs when "Moon in a Mason Jar" was released in 2017.

Rubino said fans should come out to The Crazy Horse expecting to have a good time.

"Performing is our favorite thing to do, so we put a lot of time into our show," he said.

Everyone in attendance can enter a drawing for a Band Steele backyard barbecue, 45-minute acoustic show.

Tickets to the show are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.