The Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Series continues this Thursday night, June 28, with Chris Thile & Michael Daves and The Boxcars! Tickets are only $26.50 and are available here.
If you like hardcore bluegrass featuring twangy, flawlessly-blended harmonies, then you’re in for a treat for this week with Chris Thile & Michael Daves. Many may know Chris Thile as the former mandolin player for Grammy-Award winning band Nickel Creek; however, Thile continually proves that his skills step far beyond Nickel Creek, or even the bluegrass genre. In 2006, Chris Thile expanded his horizons when he initiated the collaboration that developed into Punch Brothers, a band that radically ties bluegrass to elements of rock, pop, jazz, and even classical. In 2005, when Thile met Michael Daves, a Georgia-born New Yorker with a fearless voice and a fondness for bluegrass, the pair immediately connected. The dynamic duo came out with an album entitled “Sleep With One Eye Open” in 2011, which Nashvillean Jack White produced. The combination of Thile’s technical-style of mandolin musicianship and Daves’ emotionally-charged guitar and vocal parts, along with their intertwining vocal harmonies, this pair is the perfect balance of musicianship and passion, leaving a lasting impact on any audience.
The Boxcars, made up of Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, John R. Bowman, Keith Garrett, and Harold Nixon, have a smooth, seamless, classic country and bluegrass sound, featuring skillful instrumentation and dense vocal harmonies. The makeup of the band is rather impressive: Steffey was once a member of Union Station, Stewart is one of the most sought after multi-instrumental session players in bluegrass history, Bowman has worked for Alison Krauss and is married to one of the Isaacs, Garrett is a founding member of Blue Moon Rising, and Nixon has toured with the band JD Crowe and the New South. Last year, The Boxcars took home the 2011 IBMA Awards for Emerging Artist of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year. Adam Steffey and Ron Stewart also won awards individually: Adam for Mandolin Player of the Year and Ron for Banjo Player of the Year. With this incredible amount of talent and experience under their belts, The Boxcars are sure to delight any bluegrass lover.