The Broken Spoke returns to Steamboat with folk and indie rock |

The Broken Spoke returns to Steamboat with folk and indie rock

Nicole Inglis

The Broken Spoke, an indie folk-rock band from Colorado Springs, will return to Steamboat on Saturday for a concert at The Tugboat Grill & Pub. The show starts at 10 p.m. and costs $5 at the door.

— A broken spoke on a wheel can change the course of a journey.

The Colorado Springs-based band The Broken Spoke changed the course of its founder's life.

On active duty in the U.S. Air Force in Colorado Springs, Tom Skora began sinking deeper and deeper into his love of music, inspired by the prose of Ryan Adams. Through an online ad searching for those who shared his passion, he found Josh DeSchmidt. Months later, the two had formed a folk rock band propelled by Skora's original songs and fueled by the Southern roots of his Virginia upbringing.

"I guess it's just something I had to try to do," he said about launching the group three years ago. Today, The Broken Spoke is a quintet with large regional tours and two albums under its belt. "We didn't have any high aspirations when we first started. It's kind of neat how this band has changed my mind as far as what I want to do careerwise.

"I kind of knew I wanted to get out and pursue other things in life."

The band, which just released its second studio album, will be returning to Steamboat for the second time Saturday with a show at The Tugboat Grill & Pub. The concert costs $5 and starts at about 10 p.m.

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Skora said the band played Carl's Tavern in November.

"We're pumped," he said about the band's return to the Yampa Valley. "We haven't been able to play a lot of ski towns, but that's definitely on our radar after this year."

The band comprises Skora on guitar and vocals, DeSchmidt on guitar and lap steel, Matt Hollensbe on bass, Ryan Rumery on drums and Eric Davis on lead guitar.

The band's first album, Skora said, was a raw, garage-recorded effort with a classic country rock twang. But as the band has grown through several lineup changes, it has evolved into a pure, indie-rock sound fortified with inspiration from the Colorado landscape and alternative pop bands such as Wilco.

While the outdoors and the ethos of mountain music are an ever-present influence, Skora said The Broken Spoke takes a different path than the typical Colorado sound.

"We're going after more of a sonic type thing," he said. "There are a whole lot of bluegrass bands and jam bands, and that's cool, but we're making cool guitar sounds and building everything around the idea of just making the most out of each song, kind of from a singer-songwriter's standpoint; we're trying to glorify the song."

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