The Fox is proud to welcome Billy Bob Thorton and the Boxmasters as one of the first dates of their new Speck Tour!
Teddy Andreadis, J.D. Andrew and Billy Bob “Bud” Thornton make up The Boxmasters, an American roots-rock band of seasoned musicians whose sound is rich in rhythm and story.
Formed in 2007, the band released the self-titled debut record “The Boxmasters” to critical acclaim. Comprised of original songs – including the Americana radio hit “The Poor House” – and eclectic covers of tunes by The Beatles, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mott The Hoople and Mel Tillis.
There are a lot of actors who want to be musicians, but when it comes to Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters, it was more than that. Before Thornton became a successful Oscar nominated writer and actor, his first love was always music. He worked a great deal in the music industry before his career in Hollywood ever kicked off.
Thornton was playing in cover bands while also working as a roadie for legendary artists like Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Johnny Paycheck and the Statler Brothers. He released his own album back in 1974. Even after his Hollywood career hit amazing heights, after he won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for “Sling Blade,” he never turned his back on his music career.
Billy Bob Thornton also writes a lot of songs for the band, many funny and most southern in storytelling messages and styles. While Thornton may be known best for his acting career, it is his music career where his passion lies.
For the music on The Speck Tour, The Boxmasters teamed up with legendary engineer/producer Geoff Emerick who has called the music, “One of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on since The Beatles.” Known for taking over the engineer’s chair on The Beatle’s albums “Revolver,” “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” and more, Geoff added a familiar sonic touch to the sound of The Boxmasters, who have been unapologetic Beatles and British Invasion fans.
The Boxmasters. Sonically “Speck” touches on all of The Boxmaster’s influences, including The Beatles, The Byrds and Big Star but there are new sonic touches as well. Ukulele, cardboard boxes and the Beatle’s famous “tea towels on the drums” trick pop up on the songs as well. “
J.D. who typically mixes all of The Boxmaster’s material says,“Lyrically it deals with every thing from personal relationships to politics and social issues. The theme being that we are all specks in this universe trying to navigate it, during trying times in the world we still have our own loves, desires, problems and dreams as individuals.”