Fresh from his double win at the 2010 International Bluegrass Musicians Association (IBMA) awards for “Mandolin Player of the Year” and “Instrumental of the Year,” Adam Steffey teams with The Boxcars on arrangements tight as Doyle Lawson’s Quicksilver, but with a broader musical palette. Between vocal parts, The Boxcars lay down more than a smattering of killer instrumental solos; Steffey’s bouncy mandolin counters Ron Stewart’s machine-gun banjo. The original instrumental “Jumping The Track” highlights their technical prowess, especially on the last pass, where all the soloists trade fifths.
Are The Boxcars the next bluegrass supergroup? They have the talent, but take a listen to this and decide for yourself.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Feb. ’11 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.