Who We Are
“Chloe & the Steel Strings’ latest album ‘Burn Bright’ has a sound reminiscent of early Poco, Fairport Convention & the Grateful Dead: just trippy enough to be trippy, without being too psychedelic. It’s like Judy Collins, Joan Baez or Joni Mitchell had a baby with the Flying Burrito Brothers.”
– Fred LeFebvre, (92.9 WSPD, iHeartRadio)
After a 3 year hiatus from releasing music, Chloe & the Steel Strings are living out a new creative renaissance. Lead vocalist Chloe Wagenhauser and bassist Connor Ward began writing and recording eight songs from their living room in Toledo, Ohio, during the COVID-19 stay at home order.
Inspired by life, the major national events of 2020, and a motivation to create music with a feeling of hope, they crafted their most recent release ‘Burn Bright’ with keyboardist Anna Wagenhauser, lead guitarist Eric Stuehr, and drummer Cody Podsiadlo. Acoustically driven, the band’s music has remnants of singer-songwriter mellowness, romantic Americana authenticity, and a dash of psychedelic headspace.
Alan Goldsmith – WAKT RADIO
“Chloe’s voice is controlled and melodic and calls to mind a grainy, jazz and country-fueled mix of influences including Emmylou Harris, Margo Timmin, Norah Jones, and other vocal powerhouses.”
Americana Music Show
“Their sound seems like somewhat pure country, especially with the sister harmony vocals of lead singer Chloe and Anna, but there is always a vaguely trippy element to the sound. It’s hard to pin down but there is a certain psychedelic color in the sound. Very enjoyable. Makes you think of a summer day hanging out in the back yard.”
The Museum of Americana
“Chloe & the Steel Strings bring a fresh zest to the indie folk act.”
Meet The Band
Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Born and raised in Toledo, Chloe has become a well-known name in the NW Ohio music scene. She began teaching herself guitar at 14, and used the instrument to channel her voice and songwriting.
Upon meeting Connor in 2016, she was encouraged to record some of her original songs. These recordings became her debut album, Chloe & the Steel Strings.
Chloe graduated from the University of Toledo in 2019 with a degree in Biology and Chemistry, and declined a seat at the University’s Medical School to continue pursuing music.
Keys & Harmonies
Anna’s passion for piano performance began in junior high. Upon entering high school, Anna and Chloe started playing school events, talent shows, and battle-of-the-bands.
While studying at the University of Toledo, Anna continued to accompany countless students in their casual and professional music pursuits.
“Marketing manager by day, musician by night” is how Anna likes to describe her days. She currently works for the Sales and Marketing company COACT as the head of the marketing department.
Anna graduated from the University of Toledo in 2019 with degrees in Economics and Psychology, and a minor in piano performance.
Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Hailing from the greater Cleveland area, Connor began studying upright bass at age 9. He performed in various orchestral settings from the 4th grade into college, and picked up bass guitar in early high school. He co-founded the psychedelic-blues band Spilled Milk with guitarist Eric Stuehr & drummer Cody Podsiadlo in 2013.
While attending the University of Toledo, Connor met Chloe through an open mic night. The two have been playing music together ever since.
Connor graduated from the University of Toledo in 2018 with a bachelors in Finance and Marketing, and went on to complete his MBA in 2020.
Eric has been living the rock and roll lifestyle since picking up the guitar at age 12. Over time, Eric began sitting in at local gigs with his guitar teacher and other seasoned musicians in the Cleveland area.
After an impromptu jam session with Connor and life-long friend Cody Podsiadlo, the three went on to form the band Spilled Milk in 2013. They spent their later years of high school in Eric’s parents’ basement, where they practiced almost every night (thanks Dennis and Bonnie)!
Eric graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2019 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and currently works at the Cleveland Clinic.
Cody picked up the drums for the first time in 2013 when he, Eric, and Connor began playing together in the psychedelic-blues band Spilled Milk. After countless jam sessions in the Stuehr’s basement to develop his skills, the band went on to perform extensively around the Cleveland rock scene.
Cody currently plays drums, hand & aux percussion. He graduated from Kent State University in 2019 with a degree in Business Administration and is a store manager for Menards.