Music

New Bluegrass: Adam Steffey — ‘Here To Stay’

Adam Steffey — Here To Stay
Label: Mountain Home Music Company
Release Date: September 23, 2016

You’ll probably recognize his vocals and mandolin playing the moment you hear it. He’s recorded and toured as a member of Alison Krauss & Union Station for years, as well as Mountain Heart, and he is now a member of The Boxcars. As a solo act (surrounded by some of the best players in the business, of course) he does just fine. OK, much more than just fine; he displays all of the qualities that the center stage demands. With a leading man baritone voice that just demands listening (and instills trust), Adam Steffey sings stories that float around on a cloud of perfectly pleasing bluegrass notes, chords and harmonies. There’s no other way to describe the effect of Adam Steffey’s new album (out next Friday, 9/23) titled Here To Stay. He is a master of bluegrass who is clearly here to stay, and this is an album that lovers of the genre will hold in high regard.

Along with Steffey’s expert mandolin playing, you’ll hear the musical-foundation-laying Barry Bales on bass (and vocals), Aaron Ramsey on guitar, Jason Davis on banjo, Ron Stewart on fiddle, Tim Surrett (harmony vocals), and Tina Steffey (banjo on one mesmerizing track). These stellar muscians amplify the music in ways other than the obvious. Steffey’s relationship to the material is the key—Here To Stay features new recordings of songs that Steffey helped make popular during his time with the other bands that we already love.

Essential Downloads: “The Space I’m In,” “No Place To Hide,” “Come Thou Fount.”

To preview or purchase this album on iTunes, click here.

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