Date & Price
Sunday, June 24, 2018, at 7:30 pm
Free with Membership. Reservations are not required.
The Highland Travelers is an up-and-coming bluegrass band formed of members from the popular groups The Boxcars and Ramblers Choice. Featuring Adam Steffey on mandolin, Keith Garrett on guitar, Jason Davis on banjo, Kameron Keller on bass, and Gary Hultman on dobro, The Highland Travelers stay true to traditional grass roots while creating original songs, as well as putting their own stamp on classic favorites. This bluegrass band will no doubt set their chosen genre on its proverbial ear.
This performance is presented as a part of Members-only Evenings.
Members may bring their own chair or blanket to Members-only evening performances. Member guests are welcomed but must be accompanied by a Member. Guests not included in a Membership require Admission Tickets. Tickets can be purchased on-site during Members-only evenings or you may use your Complimentary Guest Tickets.
Listen to The Highland Travelers
More about The Highland Travelers
The Highland Travelers is a new bluegrass band formed by members from the popular groups The Boxcars and Ramblers Choice (Junior Sisk’s sidemen) near the end of 2017. Fans of these two groups were thrilled about this new ensemble, since typically the end of a year brings personnel changes and the demise of bluegrass bands.
Adam Steffey: Mandolin, Vocals
Adam Steffey is surely one of the most recorded mandolinists in bluegrass over the last 20 years. He has traveled and recorded with famous bluegrass acts, where he has been featured on both mandolin and lead and harmony vocals. Steffey is an in-demand recording session musician, mandolin instructor, and producer. He has recorded and performed with a variety of acts including The Boxcars, Dwight Yoakum, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Clint Black, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, the Dixie Chicks, Michelle Shocked, Bill Frisell, Ronnie Bowman, Jerry Douglas, The Isaacs, Rhonda Vincent, The Lonesome River Band, The Cox Family, Jim Mills, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Ron Block, Mountain Heart, Patty Loveless, and many more.
Keith Garrett: Vocals, Guitar
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 age 13. 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, Garrett 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, Garrett 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 Award-nominated band The Boxcars, which also received several IBMA awards such as Emerging Artist of the Year in 2011 and Instrumental Group of the Year in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Jason Davis: Banjo
Bluegrass music has been part of Jason Davis’ 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, Davis decided he wanted to learn to play banjo. His first gig on the road was at age 14 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 eight 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 teaches banjo in the Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program at East Tennessee State University and in private lessons. Davis enjoys spending time at home with his wife Grace and hunting and fishing when he can.
Kameron Keller: Vocals, Bass
Kameron Keller is a native of Greeneville, Tennessee, and 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 and Grasstowne, as well as with the Darrell Webb Band. Keller was a member of the nationally-acclaimed band Ramblers Choice for several years, which has enjoyed much success in the IBMA awards as well as on the Radio Airwaves. Kameron also works as an estimator for Creative Masonry in Greeneville, Tennessee.
Gary Hultman: Vocals, Dobro
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 and, in recent years, he has had the privilege of returning as a staff member. Until December of 2017, Hultman spent four years as a member of the Grammy Award-nominated band The Boxcars. When not playing music, Hultman works as a realtor in Tennessee and enjoys hiking with his wife, Ashley, and their dog, Dolly.