Soapbox is a platform where we rant about ne’erdowells, rave about ne’erdowelling, and hide our hypocrisy behind some righteous rhythms. Founded by two East-Kentucky conspirators in the fall of ‘ought 7, Soapbox, as an institution, set out to make ends meet. When asked about the subtext of the band’s unwritten manifesto, the canned response was, “We are committed to stealing from only the richest musical traditions.”
Using their culture’s traditional fatalism, Soapbox is definitively bluegrass and country blues, steeped in the hills of stomps and hollers, from the roots up. The band’s sound intertwines the eclectic tastes of American music and members play a number of roles in multiple bands, tour nationally, and appear on television, radio, and festival stages across the country. Soapbox has shared the stage with Ricky Skaggs, Robert Lockwood Jr., Old Crow Medicine Show, and Alejendro Escovedo, among others. Our goal is to generate worth-the-while music with literary content while keeping the rugs cut. Soapbox’s influences come from across the spectrum of artists and eras alike: Bob (Dylan and Wills), Willie (Dixon and Nelson), John (Prine and Cash), Tom (Petty and Waits), Leonard (Cohen and Nimoy), The Band, Muleskinner, Memphis, Texas, and the synthesis of folk, rock, grass, and blues just to name a few. The list of bands on the resume of the musicians includes The Betweeners, Zoë Speaks, Mitch Barrett, The Boxwine Prophets and many more. Soapbox looks forward to the opportunity to entertain you and your community.