International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental Group of the Year for three years in a row - with ten time Mandolin Player of the Year, Adam Steffey. The Boxcars’ Grammy nominated album “IT’S JUST A ROAD” displays the band’s versatility with a variety of elements that include Swing, Old Time, Gospel and quite possibly the finest Bluegrass heard anywhere.
Without a list or a plan, Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, John Bowman, Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon met in the studio and created the new album in less than four days. The Boxcars walked out of that studio with twelve dynamic tracks executed with the characteristic emotion, precision, and cleverness that fans have come to expect from The Boxcars. It’s rock solid, masterful, delicious Bluegrass; rooted in tradition and flavored with contemporary finesse.
“There’s no grand scheme,” says Adam Steffey, “We’re just five guys who play what we like. There’s not a lot of fanfare. After all, what’s wrong with just playing Bluegrass?”
They don't sound like anyone else. And yet they capture the excitement of the seminal bands that preceded them in the genre and combine it with cutting edge sounds of bluegrass today. The result is, well, magical. You can't replace chemistry between band members. And these guys have it.
The Boxcars have their own unique style of contemporary bluegrass laced with Steffey's signature rhythm that can be traced back to the early days of Union Station. Award winning instrumentalist Ron Stewart delivers rock solid banjo work, and also lays down the banjo for the fiddle on some tunes. It's a rarity to have multiple strong vocalists in the same group, and The Boxcars benefit from strong vocal performances from Keith Garrett, John Bowman and Steffey's signature baritone.
Coming to the Burnsville Town Center on Friday, March 7th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.