Justin Jenkins steps out

Justin jenkinsHere’s some more fallout from The Boxcars supernova…

Justin Jenkins, who had been playing banjo with Blue Moon Rising, will not be continuing with the group when it reforms in 2010. Along with Keith Garret and Harold Nixon – who have left to join The Boxcars – and Chris West, Jenkins had been performing with BMR for the past two years. With the departure of Garrett and Nixon, Justin has decided to move on as well.

“I feel like it is time for a change in my musical career so I will be taking some time off and hopefully heading in another direction after the first of the year.”

Justin says that he is using his time now to put the finishing touches on his debut solo album, which he hopes to have available early next year. It has been in the works for some time, with Jenkins and Ron Stewart producing.

“The album features a lot of musicians and singers I have played with through the years including, Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, Harold Nixon, Keith Garrett, Chris West, Dan Tyminski, Dwight McCall, Steve Gulley, Rick Wasson, Barry Abernathy, and Brian Rittenberry. It has some traditional material, some instrumentals that I wrote, and some original vocal material as well.”

If you never caught this talented young man with BMR, please be assured that he has a bright future in bluegrass music. He has been deeply influenced by fellow Kentuckian Ron Stewart, and has absorbed his mentor’s attention to detail in the realms of tone, timing and taste. We will be eager to hear what he produces as a solo artist, and will be sure to post more information about the CD when it is available.

A new web site is under construction, but Justin said that he can be reached through his Facebook page in the meantime.

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