BS: That was probably about the time we decided to start to go country. We didn’t really have a choice, we just let it lead us. [laughs]

What do you want people to feel when they get a chance to listen to you?

BS: We started out with music wanting to help people, because it helped us get through the day. We wanted to write stuff that could make you either sad, but in a good way, like someone else knows how I feel, or peaceful – it’s a good day, song’s grooving, it feels good, I remember when I used to do that, or I do this sometimes. Put a smile on your face and portray true feelings and how people are. Our fans are the most important thing out of the whole thing. A lot of bands say that, and a lot of them are probably telling the truth, because without your fans and that connection, seeing how they react to it, all the messages of how it’s helped people get through this, it just makes you feel good. That’s what we’re doing it for.

You’re officially a duo, but you’re going to be coming to town with a band to back you up. What’s it like working with them? Were they friends of yours or are they a touring band?

BR: We didn’t know them prior to this, but they’re really great musicians. This is the first time we’ve played with a band that wasn’t friends of ours, so it’s a new experience for us. You can tell that they like what they’re playing, and I feel like a lot of musicians play music they don’t really like, but these guys genuinely enjoy what we’re doing up there.

You had a part in a film, and that in itself is great, but it led you to write one of the quintessential kinds of country song, a “working man” song. That’s something you’d hear more often in the past, but not so much nowadays. What about the inspired you to make the song?

BS: When we were told we were going to go and be a part of this film, we met a lot of inspirational people. We didn’t know about the lineman business, either, but we met with the executive producer of the film and he introduced us to a ton of linemen, and the stories they would tell…; anybody who has the time to research the business, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. They’d tell stories about how they lost their brothers, and how they go out in storms together and about friends and family that were killed. It was just really inspirational.

BR: It wasn’t easy.

Is there anything you want to say to the people who are going to see you on Friday, and to people who don’t know you so well that are thinking of coming out?

BS: To the people that are coming to see us, we’re looking forward to seeing you just as much. We can’t wait. The people who haven’t seen us yet, check us out if you’ve got free time because I think you’ll enjoy it, but if not you can still meet us after the show. We’re not too bad to hang out with. [laughs]

The Band Steele performs this Friday at 9:30 p.m. at the Still, 221 S 3rd Street in Gadsden. For more information about the band and their EP, “Tan Lines and Moonshine,” visit their website at www.thebandsteele.com.