The Highlands Travelers

LOCATION:

Harvester Performance Center

450 Franklin St. , Rocky Mount VA

East ZONE
Crooked Road Concerts

TIME:

8:00 PM

The Highland Travelers have just started a promising partnership – promising because they are the fusion of former members of two of the most respected bands in bluegrass – The Boxcars and Rambler’s Choice (Junior Sisk’s bandmates). This new ensemble of bluegrass veterans includes Adam Steffey (mandolin), Keith Garrett (guitar), Jason Davis (banjo), Kameron Keller (bass), and Gary Hultman (dobro). Their stated mission should delight bluegrass fans - “stay true to our traditional grass roots while creating new, original songs, as well as putting our stamp on our classic favorites."

Adam Steffey is surely one of the most recorded mandolinists in bluegrass over the last 20 years. He has traveled and recorded with notable bluegrass acts such as - Alison Krauss & Union Station, Mountain Heart, and The Dan Tyminski Band, and The Boxcars- where he has been featured on both mandolin and lead and harmony vocals. Adam is in great demand as a recording session musician, mandolin instructor, and producer. He has recorded and performed with a variety of acts – some of which are Dwight Yoakum, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Clint Black, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, The Dixie Chicks, Michelle Shocked, Bill Frissell, Ronnie Bowman, Jerry Douglas, The Isaacs, Rhonda Vincent, The Lonesome River Band, The Cox Family, Jim Mills, Ron Block, Patty Loveless, and many more.

Keith Garrett grew up in the community of Citico in East Tennessee. His earliest and possibly most important musical influence was his dad, William Garrett, who taught Keith to play the guitar at the age of thirteen. Almost immediately he was drawn to the music of such greats as Tony Rice, Keith Whitley, the Bluegrass Album Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Ricky Skaggs, and he soon began playing with various local and regional bands. In 2000 Keith became a founding member of Blue Moon Rising, an East Tennessee based bluegrass band that received national acclaim and was nominated for “Emerging Artist of the Year” in 2006 by the International Bluegrass Music Association. As a member of Blue Moon Rising, Keith continued to hone his talents and earned himself a place alongside some of the best singers and songwriters in bluegrass. In December 2009, Garrett became a founding member of the Grammy nominated band, The Boxcars.

Bluegrass music has been part of Jason Davis’s life since he was very young. He first heard bluegrass when he was about nine years old while listening to music with his uncle, Thomas Davis. His uncle began taking him to local bluegrass festivals, and around a year later, Jason decided he wanted to learn to play banjo. His first gig on the road was at age fourteen with Michelle Nixon & Drive. He also spent time as a teenager playing with the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, Blueridge and Grasstowne. He has spent the last 8 years playing with Junior Sisk and Ramblers choice. Jason has also released two solo albums, Stepping Out and Second Time Around, the first of which was nominated for IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year in 2009. When he’s not on the road with the band, he can be found teaching banjo in the Bluegrass, Old Time, & Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University and teaching private lessons as well.

Kameron Keller is a native of Greeneville, Tennessee who has spent a number of years playing bluegrass music both regionally and nationally. Prior to joining Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, he played bass for Alan Bibey & Grasstowne and has also spent time with the Darrell Webb Band. Keller was a member of the nationally acclaimed band, Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice for several years, which has enjoyed much success in the IBMA awards as well with bluegrass radio audiences.

Gary Hultman grew up hunting, farming, and fishing on the Canadian border in the small town of Birchdale, Minnesota. He was Introduced to bluegrass when his family formed a band that he played with from the age of 10 until he left home to attend East Tennessee State University. Through the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program, Hultman had the opportunity to share the stage with many of his musical heroes such as Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford, Doyle Lawson, and Ricky Skaggs, as well as travel overseas to Japan with ETSU’s Bluegrass Pride Band for a short tour during the summer of 2014. Rob Ickes’ ResoSummit in Nashville has been especially influential to Hultman through the years via the encouragement of staff members like Michael Witcher, Sally VanMeter, and Rob Ickes. In recent years, Gary has also had the privilege of returning to ResoSummit as a staff member. Until December of 2017, Hultman spent 4 years as a member of the Grammy nominated band, The Boxcars.