THE BOXCARS, “THE Boxcars,” Mountain Home Records. 13 tracks.
When they call The Boxcars a supergroup, they’re not kidding.
Just look at their credentials.
Adam Steffey and John Bowman once played with Alison Krauss & Union Station.
Ron Stewart, Harold Nixon and Bowman are graduates of J.D. Crowe & The New South.
Keith Garrett and Nixon were members of Blue Moon Rising.
And Steffey and Stewart were in The Dan Tyminski Band.
Garrett is the band’s lead singer, but Bowman and Steffey each sing lead on two songs and Stewart on one.
They’re strong pickers too. Steffey is the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2010 mandolin player of the year.
And they’re good songwriters.
Garrett contributed five songs to the album and Stewart, four.
The band’s sound leans toward the country side of bluegrass.
Garrett’s murder ballad, “December 13th,” his “Old Henry Hill” and especially his “Never Played The Opry” would have found a place at the top of the country charts a couple of decades ago.
But there’s plenty of hard-charging bluegrass as well — “Take Me On The Midnight Train,” “Jumpin’ The Track” and “I Could Change My Mind.”
A great new band. A great new album.
It’s definitely one of the year’s best.
Can’t find it in stores? Try www.TheBoxcars.com