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Billy Bob Thornton And The Boxmasters Hit The Ridgefield Playhouse

Billy Bob Thornton and his band, The Boxmasters, will perform Sept. 9 at The Ridgefield Playhouse.
Billy Bob Thornton and his band, The Boxmasters, will perform Sept. 9 at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Photo Credit: Provided

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Academy Award-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton says it's the music that has been the “driving force” throughout his life.

That drive will lead Thornton and his band, The Boxmasters, to take the stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 at The Ridgefield Playhouse.

The performance is part of a tour marking the release of the band's newest album, a two-disc set called "Somewhere Down The Road."

Thornton, who plays the drums and provides vocals, is joined by J.D. Andrew and Brad Davis, both on guitar, and Teddy Andreadis on the keyboard. Individually, the members have released multiple albums, as well as appearing on Grammy award-winning projects, such as Warren Zevon’s “The Wind” and Earl Scruggs’ “Earl Scruggs & Friends.”

An AllShows.com VIP Party Pass ($25 additional per person), which includes a cocktail party from 6:30-7:15 p.m. with open bar, hors-d’oeuvre and priority parking is available for this show.

The Boxmasters formed in 2007 after Thornton and Andrew met. Andrew was sound engineer for Thornton’s solo album, “Beautiful Bore.” When Thornton needed a guitar player for another project, he asked Andrew. They’ve worked together ever since.

Their music includes strains of 1960s rock, country rock and blues.

The band has toured extensively across North America and Canada, both as headliners as well as the opening act for Willie Nelson and Family, Elvis Costello, George Thorogood and ZZ Top, and has earned a solid reputation with its three previous albums, according to a press release.

Thornton, who writes most of the lyrics, says each song is personal. “One of the worst things for any of us is when we write a song and it’s about a girl. Because every one of us is married and every one of us gets a good ass-chewing every now and then. So it never fails – it never fails – ‘Who is that about?’ Well it’s not about anybody, really. It’s a mixture of several people. But if you write one that’s like a negative song about a girl, they’re always convinced it’s about them,” he said in a press release.

For tickets ($60), call (203) 438-5795 or visit the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge.

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