Minnesota based Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada. The band averages 125 performances a year and it just so happens that the Saturday night Feb. 7th broadcast coincides with a live performance at the Yellow Medicine East High School Auditorium in Granite Falls at 7:00 p.m.
The Boxcars are comprised of virtuoso musicians Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, John Bowman, Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon who display the band’s versatility with a variety of elements that include Swing, Old Time, Gospel as well as Bluegrass. Their most recent album Its Just a Road album garnered a Grammy Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
The performances make up the third program in a 13 week series launched by Pioneer on January 24, 2015 with assistance from the nonprofit Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association (MBOTMA).
“We at Pioneer are delighted to be able to work with MBOTMA to share and promote this great music,” stated Pioneer’s Production Director, Timothy H. Bakken. According to Bakken, the program is already gaining a strong following with thousands of online as well as broadcast viewers.
“Grassland Jam” is part of an enhanced line-up of programs for Saturdays during the winter months that include a new season of Funtime Polka, Classic Gospel and a new BBC period drama Father Brown along with the 40th season of broadcasting Austin City Limits.