The Wheelhouse Rousters draw not only their moniker and musical style from the river and its industry, but also their ebb and flow of energy. Focusing on roustabout music of the Ohio River Valley collected by Mary Wheeler, the Rousters share the sounds of the American inland waterways.
Having performed with various artists upon notable boats, like the Delta Queen, Queen of the Mississippi, America, River Barge Explorer, Belle of Louisville, and the Spirit of Peoria, the members of the Wheelhouse Rousters have also opened for such acts as Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, Shooter Jennings, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Billy Strings, and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.
In 2014 the band released their first studio album, Steamboatin,’ and were featured artists at the The Belle of Louisville’s Centennial Festival of Riverboats. The band’s second studio album, Times of Uncertainty, recorded live at the Historic Hotel Metropolitan in Paducah, was released in the summer of 2016 and helped secure the band a residency on the Queen of the Mississippi and the America through the next three years. They have performed at numerous festivals including Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival, Lowertown Arts and Music Festival, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Bourbon and Beyond, Homplace Pickin’ Party, and many more.
River Folk, the band’s third studio album, was released in May of 2019. Recorded at Time on the String in Paducah, KY, the album highlights the band’s songwriting and features longtime friends J.D. Wilkes, the Solid Rock’it Boosters, Tim May, and more.