The Boxmasters Biography

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Birth Place: Bellflower, California
Years Active: 2007–present
Genres: Country Rock, Rockabilly, Mod

The Boxmasters are an American country rock/rockabilly band founded in Bellflower, California in 2007. It features actor Billy Bob Thornton on drums and vocals with J.D. Andrew on bass, Danny Baker aka. Unknown Hinson on guitars, and vocals as well as Michael Wayne Butler on guitars and lap steel. The group has released three albums on Vanguard Records, the first being the eponymous ''The Boxmasters'' and the second being the holiday album ''Christmas Cheer'', in 2008. Their latest album, ''Modbilly'', was released on April 21, 2009.

Thornton had played in two cover bands, worked as a roadie, and released four solo albums before he started The Boxmasters. After listening to "Yesterday's Gone" by Chad & Jeremy and thinking about covering it in a hillbilly music style, he had the idea of making Americanized version of British Invasion pop songs. During its early days, the band played several live shows in the California area, as well as in Tecate, Mexico. From mid-2008 to late-2008, the group embarked on a tour across the United States, ending in Los Angeles. It also played for the March 2009 South by Southwest conference. The group went on to play in Canada in early-2009. In the aftermath of a controversial interview on the CBC Radio One program ''Q'' in early-April 2009, in which Thornton labeled his Canadian audience 'mashed potatoes with no gravy', the band stopped its Canadian tour early. It resumed touring in mid-April 2009 in the United States.