From one end of the line to the other, the Boxcars put some of the best instrumentalists in the business on the bluegrass stage. Their record for awards at IBMA is a testimony to their excellence. They perform a good deal of material written by singer/guitarist Keith Garrett, and it's good stuff. All five members of the band lead active and productive lives, either in music or in other endeavors outside the Boxcars.
Ricky Skaggs has had an enormous career in both bluegrass and country music garnering fourteen Grammy Awards as well as other recognition. On his return to bluegrass, he committed himself to re-introducing the great music of "Mr. Monroe" to a new audience unfamiliar with the man and his story. He presented Monroe's music with verve, wonderful skill, and differences in scale and interpretation for a less rural audience. He constantly seeks to add depth and breadth of musical outreach to his shows while preserving and honoring the best of traditional roots music. His fast paced show features much of that great early bluegrass laced with the virtuoso play of ace flatpicker Cody Kilby, a kind of guitar playing that hardly existed in Monroe's heyday, as well as Andy Leftwich on fiddle. The addition of young Russ Carson on banjo adds another canon to the band. Skaggs brings a very pleasant onstage personality, a still fine voice and real excellence to the mix, along with a mystique that brings day trippers in the gate. That's all a combination hard to dismiss.