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Friday Night Lights Concert
April 8 @ 8:00 pm - April 9 @ 2:00 am
The Boxmasters is an American rock band founded in Bellflower, California, in 2007 by Academy Award-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew. The group has released eleven albums, with another one being released on April 15, 2022
Before he formed the Boxmasters, frontman Thornton had played in bands since middle school, worked as a roadie, recorded in 1974 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and in the 2000s released four solo albums. 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 an Americanized version of British Invasion pop songs. 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. After opening several tours for Willie Nelson in 2009 & 2010, The Boxmasters ceased touring for five years, which they used to write multiple albums and emerged with a more natural sound, as opposed to their early hillbilly leanings.
Billy Bob Thornton—credited on the band’s material as W. R. Thornton—has said that “[he] never intended to become a movie star, it happened accidentally. […] Music is what I love.” Before his acting career started, he played in cover bands of Creedence Clearwater Revival, ZZ Top, and also worked as a roadie with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Johnny Paycheck, Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Statler Brothers, and other bands during high school. He also released a record with a band called ‘Hot Lanta’ in 1974. During his acting career, Thornton released four solo albums from 2001 to 2007.
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