March 20, 2016, Jay Armsworthy & the Sons of the American Legion will present the end of another great, successful series of Bluegrass concerts at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville, Maryland.
Award winning Bluegrass band, The Boxcars, will be making a return performance to the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville, MD on Sunday March 20, 2016. The show starts at 2:00 pm with special guest Josh Grigsby & County Line opening the show. The doors open at Noon and tickets are “still”, the best entertainment bargain in town, just $15.00 per person.
The Boxcars is an American Bluegrass band. In addition to being Grammy-nominated, the band has received numerous International Bluegrass Music Awards both as a group and individually. The Boxcars were founded by Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, Keith Garrett, John Bowman, and Harold Nixon. They released their debut self-titled album in 2010 and were nominated for numerous International Bluegrass Music Awards the year after. In 2014, Bowman left the group to focus on his career of preaching and singing in churches, releasing a solo album in June of that year. Bowman was replaced by Gary Hultman in June 2014.
They don’t sound like anyone else, making them unique with their own original sound. And yet they capture the excitement of the bands that preceded them in Bluegrass and combine it with cutting edge sounds of bluegrass today. The result is, well, magical. You can’t replace chemistry between band members. And these guys have it.
The Boxcars: Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, Keith Garrett, Harold Nixon and Gary Hultman make up what has become one of the top headliners in bluegrass and beyond. With spending time with Alison Krauss & Union Station, J.D. Crowe & the New South, Blue Moon Rising, and The Dan Tyminski Band, this 5 piece band started out with an impressive rap sheet. The Boxcars cover a broad range of material as well as focusing on originals penned by the band members. They branch out into their own unique style of contemporary bluegrass laced with Steffey’s signature rhythm that can be traced back to the early days of Union Station. Award winning instrumentalist Ron Stewart delivers rock solid banjo work, but also lays down the banjo for the fiddle on some tunes. It’s always rare to have multiple strong vocalists in the same group, but The Boxcars benefit from strong vocal performances from Keith Garrett, Gary Hultman and Steffey’s signature baritone.
Another award winning group, Josh Grigsby & County Line, from the Northern Neck of Virginia opens the show at 2pm. Recognized as one of Virginia’s fast rising new bluegrass bands, they were awarded the 2015 Bluegrass Band of Virginia Championship by the Virginia Folk Music Association. In addition to winning the Band Championship, each band member won awards for their individual accomplishments. The band was also the winner of the 2014 band competition at the Bluegrass by the Bay Festival in Gloucester, Virginia. Band members are Crystal Grigsby, vocals; Chris Westcott, guitar & vocals; Frankie Ballowe, mandolin & vocals; Robert Kidd, bass; “Judge” Parker, banjo & vocals; and of course Josh Grigsby, guitar & lead vocals. The band’s latest CD release is titled, “Changes in the Tide”, which was written for Josh’s late father who was a waterman in the Northern Neck of Virginia his entire working life.
Troy Jones will be doing the sound.
The doors open at Noon and the show starts at 2:00 pm. Tickets are still “The Best Bluegrass Bargain in town”, $15.00 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advanced by sending a check or money order to Jay Armsworthy, P.O. Box 741, California, MD. Prepaid tickets will be held at the door for pick up on the day of the show. A dinner special of Fried Chicken and Pulled Pork will be available for sale prior to the show for a separate price. The American Legion is located on the corner of Maryland Rt. 381 and 231 in Hughesville, MD. For more information, visit www.americanlegionbluegrass.com or call 301-737-3004. You are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Helping Hands Food Bank in Southern Maryland.