The Boxcars: Media Love
It’s difficult to name a band that is more all-around talented than The Boxcars. Band members have numerous IBMA and Grammy Awards and have shared the stage with most of the top names in bluegrass. Their first two releases as a group helped earn them two consecutive IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year awards. Their latest album, It’s Just a Road, is sure to attract the same level of attention, if not more. This twelve-track collection is filled with top-level bluegrass all the way through. …
The Boxcars are certainly masters of modern traditional bluegrass, and they don’t disappoint with It’s Just a Road. Bowman, Garrett, Nixon, Steffey, and Stewart have been described over and over as bluegrass music’s newest supergroup. Those who pick up a copy of this album will be hard-pressed to disagree.
5 stars (out of 5)
If you’re comfortable with the likes of Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Larry Sparks, and Jimmy Martin, to just name four, in the “yeah, that’s bluegrass” category, then you’ll not be disappointed (or prompted to disturb your hair follicles) when you listen to the Boxcars. …
From the happy “You Took All The Ramblin’ Out Of Me” to “Trouble In Mind,” an oft-recorded (Eddy Arnold to Janis Joplin, Tennessee Ernie Ford to Jerry Lee Lewis/Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard/Keith Richards) blues standard from 1924, recorded here as uptempo swing, they take you on a bluegrass roller coaster. Your only question when it’s over is, can I ride again?
The Boxcars lead the pack of nominees for the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards. Nods for the band plus its individual members make for a total of ten … The awards ceremony will take place October 2nd in Raleigh, North Carolina, also home to the annual World of Bluegrass live music and conference event, which is this year set for September 30th-October 4th.
When The Boxcars released IT’S JUST A ROAD in April 2013, members of the band fielded the usual interview questions about song selections, style, creative decisions and more. Both eloquently and quite simply, Adam Steffey summed up the process, the project and the band philosophy in general with characteristic aplomb, saying “What’s wrong with just playing good bluegrass?”
Good bluegrass indeed!
These guys record the same way they perform. They just step up to the microphone and let it rip. Top to bottom, the Boxcars are probably the most proficient pickers in the genre and Adam Steffey and Ron Stewart are at the top of the heap. Add first-string songwriting and solid vocals to the mix and you have a recipe for repeat success, along with a spot in my top 10.