We Made You A Song


We Made You A Song is about songs commissioned by fans and then created by The Steel Wheels during the 2020 Pandemic.

Each episode explores the story behind the song, the people involved, and the songwriting process.

Hosted by lead singer, Trent Wagler, this podcast is a creative collaboration between The Steel Wheels and WMRA. The views expressed are those of the host, band members and fans involved in the songwriting process and do not reflect the views of WMRA or WMRA staff.

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Season 2, Episode #7: Where Our Future Begins

Harrisonburg's local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club asks the band to help celebrate 25 years. 



Nov 16, 2021

Season 2, Episode #6: Lifeline

The band creates a song to celebrate the pets and animal companions that help us get through the good days and the bad.

Memories In Mind

Nov 9, 2021

Season 2, Episode #5: Memories In Mind

Four daughters ask the band to capture the spirit, and celebrate the life of their father, a retired horseshoer in Winfield, Kansas.

Mark On Me

Nov 2, 2021

Season 2, Episode #4: Mark On Me

A follow-up to a song from Season 1 (My Name Is Sharon), gives the band a chance to pay tribute to a life ended too soon with unexpected connections found in the aftermath. The song also enables bandmates to discuss their own personal journeys through grief.

Here is Eric's blogpost mentioned in the episode. https://medium.com/@brubakeres/about-that-empathy-dfb3de16aa22

Season 2, Episode #3: Adventures of Grace and Henry

A grandmother's newborn bonding time is interrupted by the pandemic so the band writes a song to help celebrate a new addition to the family's story.

Time Is All I Need

Oct 19, 2021

Season 2, Episode #2: Time Is All I Need

The band is asked to write a song about a lasting relationship that didn’t happen overnight, one that took a little effort and time.

Where I'm From

Oct 12, 2021

Season 2, Episode #1: Where I'm From

A superfan asks the band to write about an historic Chicago school that is much more than just an old building.

Coming Soon - Season 2 of We Made You A Song.

Stay Tuned!

Family Is Power

Dec 8, 2020

Season 1, Episode #9: Family Is Power

A Michigan matriarch celebrates a milestone birthday in isolated times and the band acknowledges the gentle power of familial connection.


Dec 1, 2020

Season 1, Episode #8: Genevieve

A musical family commemorates a marriage in song.

Season 1, Episode #7: The Man Who Holds Up The World

The band responds to a family’s tragic loss, but the memories shared live on in a song that they hope will inspire others.

Season 1, Episode #6: Florida Girl (Work For It)

A long distance relationship always has challenges, but is perhaps more prepared than some to adapt to the challenges of a pandemic era wedding.


Nov 10, 2020

Season 1, Episode #5: Lucy

A family, separated for months out of coronavirus caution, asks the band to write a special song for Mother’s Day.

Season 1, Episode #4: Don't Want To Come Back Down

The Steel Wheels commemorate a lifelong relationship that began on an airplane grounded in a snowstorm, between two people who never should have met.

The Healer

Oct 27, 2020

Season 1, Episode #3: The Healer

A fan asks the band to commemorate her sister’s 38-year career as a physical therapist... challenging The Steel Wheels to write a retirement song.

My Name Is Sharon

Oct 20, 2020

Season 1, Episode #2: My Name Is Sharon

A mother reaches out and asks the band to write a song celebrating the life of her late daughter Sharon.

Water and Sky

Oct 12, 2020

Season 1, Episode #1: Water and Sky

Tim Diener from Durham, Kansas, asks The Steel Wheels to write a song about life in his part of the world, one that he might be able to perform.