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Grammy-nominated Bluegrass Band The Boxcars to Headline Free Concert at King University During 90th annual Dogwood Weekend April 9

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 21, 2016 – King University is excited to welcome the Grammy-nominated bluegrass band, The Boxcars, to headline a FREE concert on April 9. The Boxcars, along with opening act Symphony Rags, will perform during the University’s 90th annual Dogwood Weekend, which also marks the kick-off to King’s Sesquicentennial celebration. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Student Center Complex on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn.

“We are excited to welcome The Boxcars, along with Symphony Rags, to perform during Dogwood Weekend,” says Michael Webb, director of alumni relations at King University. “The 90th annual celebration of the alumni weekend, and the beginning of the 150th anniversary celebration, is a perfect time to bring together the entire community for some fantastic, family-friendly music and fun.”

Bluegrass Today calls The Boxcars a “five-piece bluegrass supergroup that has been a concert and festival headliner since they hit the scene in 2009.”

The band members include East Tennessee natives Adam Steffey on mandolin, well-known for his time with Grammy-winning Alison Krauss and Union Station, and Keith Garrett on guitar; Ron Stewart on banjo and fiddle; John R. Bowman on fiddle, guitar, and banjo; and Harold Nixon on bass.

When The Boxcars released “It's Just A Road” in April 2013, members of the band fielded the usual interview questions about song selections, style, creative decisions and more. Both eloquently and quite simply, Adam Steffey summed up the process, the project, and the band philosophy in general with characteristic aplomb, saying, “What’s wrong with just playing good bluegrass?” The album garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

The Boxcars latest album, Familiar with the Ground, was released in Feb. 2016.

Joining The Boxcars will be opening act Symphony Rags. The band, based out of Bristol, Tenn., says they play songs for all seasons, and their sound is akin to electric harmonic pop. Band members include King University Assistant Professor of English Brandon Story on guitar and vocals; Jake Canter on bass and vocals; Lucas Gentry on drums; and Mariel Story on keys and vocals.

Contact Michael Webb for additional information on Dogwood Weekend at 423.652.6399,, or visit


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