ADAM STEFFEY, “New Primitive,” Organic Records. 13 tracks.

Adam Steffey’s mandolin has been busy for the last 25 years or more.

He got his big break with the Lonesome River Band in 1987, spent seven-and-a-half years with Alison Krauss & Union Station, then moved on to The Isaacs, Mountain Heart and now The Boxcars, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s emerging artists of the year in 2011 and the instrumental group of the year in both 2011 and 2012.

Steffey has five Grammys and he’s been named mandolin player of the year by the IBMA nine times.

But “New Primative” is only his third solo album.

It blends modern bluegrass and old-time Appalachian mountain music to create something a little different on 13 traditional tunes.

Steffey’s Appalachian roots are deep. His great-grandfather, Tom Carter, was a cousin of country music pioneer A.P. Carter.

The album is primarily instrumentals, featuring the basic bluegrass instruments.

Steffey’s wife, Tina, joins him on banjo.

Eddie Bond, a highly touted old-time fiddler, lends his vocals to “Raleigh and Spencer” and “Big Eyed Rabbit.”

Teen-aged bluegrass fiddler Samantha Snyder sings, “Who Will Sing Me Lullabies.”

The rest is just a picking party with the Steffeys, Zeb Snyder, Barry Bales, Bond and Samantha Snyder.

Songs include “Johnny Don’t Get Drunk,” “Goodbye Girls I’m Going To Boston,” “New Five Cent Piece,” “Cluck Old Hen,” “Chinquapin Hunting,” “Squirrel Hunters,” “Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom,” “Fine Times At Our House,” “Rock The Cradle Joe” and “Ways of the World.”

Can’t find it in stores? Try http://www.AdamSteffey.com.

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