Boxcar Bandits began when several like-minded acoustic musicians banded together and began performing under the moniker in February 2006 in their town of Denton, TX. Equally at home at a beer joint or concert hall, the Bandits meld old-time, bluegrass, western swing and country with the sounds of string band instruments to create the North Texas Skunkgrass sound. The Bandits first album, Smells Like Grass was self-released in 2008, and a live set, Live at Dans Silver Leaf, was released in 2011; now both are available on Break-a-Pick Records. They are currently at work in the studio for their third album, A Tribute to Doc Watson.
For a year and a half Boxcar Bandits had a Monday night residency at Dans Silver Leaf in Denton, and then another year and a half at Haileys in Denton. Currently, Boxcar Bandits have a Monday night residency at Mulberry Street Cantina, in Denton. They have taken their show on the road throughout their home state of Texas and continue touring throughout the southern half of the United States. The band has also opened for such acts as Junior Brown, John Cowan, Greensky Bluegrass, Packway Handle Band, Milkdrive, and Cornmeal.
In the Fall of 2012, the Boxcar Bandits were nominated for a Dallas Observer Music Award in Best Roots/Americana category.
Wildflower Festival (Richardson TX)
Cottonwood Festival (Richardson TX)
Coppell OaktoberFest (Coppell TX)
Red River Revel (Shreveport LA)
PawlessFest (Gainesville TX)
SXSW (Austin TX)
NX35 (Denton TX)
35 Conferette (Denton TX)
"Smells Like Grass" (Break-A-Pick Records 2008)
"Live at Dan's Silver Leaf" (Break-A-Pick Records 2011)
The Bandits have 4+ hours of material, including:
Old Time Tunes
And random covers including:
Willis Alan Ramsey
*we honor any request accompanied with a round of whiskey