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ADAM STEFFEY, “Here To Stay,” Mountain Home Music. 12 tracks.

August 30, 2016


At 50, Adam Steffey has spent more than half of his life on the bluegrass music trail.

He has been a member of such bands as Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Isaacs and Mountain Heart.

And these days, Steffey is a member of The Boxcars — ┬áthe International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental Group Of The Year from 2011 through 2013.

He’s won the IBMA’s mandolin player of the year award an unprecedented 11 times.

But “Here To Stay,” which Steffey surely is, is only his fourth solo album.

It features new recordings of songs that Steffey helped make popular through his years with other bands.

You don’t see Tex Ritter with songwriting credit on many bluegrass albums.

But “Dear John,” which was recorded by Hank Williams in 1951, definitely fits well into bluegrass.

So do the Wilburn Brothers‘ “Town That Never Sleeps” and “Little Liza Jane,” a song that dates to before the Civil War.

Shawn Lane‘s “Mountain Man” tells the story of a man who refuses to sell his land to the government and is willing to fight for it.

“Town That Isn’t There” is about a place destroyed by coal mining.

“Twister (Devil’s Dance)” is about a man watching a tornado destroy his farm.

Instrumentals include “Pitching Wedge,” “Hell Among The Yearlings” and “Come Thou Fount.”

Another good album by a bluegrass master.

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

July 1, 2013

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.”

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