Adam Steffey

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Adam Steffey
Born (1965-11-24) November 24, 1965 (age 56)
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, producer, bandleader
Instrument(s)Mandolin, vocals
Years active1987–present
LabelsMountain Home Records, Organic Records, Sugar Hill Records

Adam Steffey (born November 24, 1965) is an American mandolin player, best known for playing in the bluegrass and old-time styles.[1] He spent time as a member of bands such as Alison Krauss & Union Station, Mountain Heart, Lonesome River Band, the Dan Tyminski Band, the Boxcars, and the Isaacs. He was most recently a member of the Highland Travelers, which announced on November 15, 2018 that they were disbanding, with Steffey pursuing an alternative profession other than music.[2] However, his retirement from music was short-lived, as he joined the band Volume Five just a few months later.[3] Steffey has also performed with such artists as Kenny Chesney, Clint Black, Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, the Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Rhonda Vincent, Ronnie Bowman, Jim Mills, and others.


Steffey grew up in Norfolk, Virginia but moved to Kingsport, Tennessee when his father retired in 1975. He attended the Carter Family Fold each weekend when he was young, and became interested in the music he heard there. He started playing the mandolin when he was 15, taking lessons first from Audey Ratliff and later on from Jack Tottle.[4]

Steffey serves as an adjunct faculty member teaching mandolin at East Tennessee State University.[5] He completed his Bachelor of Science at ETSU in 2014.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Steffey married musician Tina Trianosky in May 2008,[7] and they have twin sons, born in 2011.[8]


Steffey is a five-time Grammy award winner[5] and has won the bluegrass mandolin player of the year from the International Bluegrass Music Association eleven times, more than any other player.[9]

Selected Discography[edit]

  • (2001) Grateful (Mountain Home Records)
  • (2009) One More for the Road (Sugar Hill)
  • (2013) New Primitive (Organic)
  • (2016) Here to Stay (Mountain Home)

Also performed on:

  • (2013) It's Just a Road (The Boxcars)
  • (2013) Life on a Rock (Kenny Chesney)
  • (2013) The Bluegrass Album (Alan Jackson)
  • (2012) All In (The Boxcars)
  • (2008) Good Thing Going (Rhonda Vincent)
  • (2008) Secrets (Sierra Hull)
  • (2007) DoorWay (Ron Block)
  • (2006) Wide Open (Mountain Heart)
  • (2005) First Time Around (Aaron McDaris)
  • (2005) Hide Head Blues (Jim Mills)
  • (2005) Some Hearts (Carrie Underwood)
  • (2002) Home (Dixie Chicks)
  • (2002) My Dixie Home (Jim Mills)
  • (2001) Stand Still (The Isaacs)
  • (2000) Carry Me Across the Mountain (Dan Tyminski)
  • (1997) Nothin' But the Taillights (Clint Black)
  • (1997) So Long So Wrong (Alison Krauss & Union Station)
  • (1996) High Lonesome Sound (Vince Gill)
  • (1996) Treasures (Dolly Parton)
  • (1994) I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (Alison Krauss)
  • (1993) World Turning (Tony Trischka)
  • (1992) Every Time You Say Goodbye (Alison Krauss & Union Station)
  • (1991) Arkansas Traveler (Michelle Shocked)


  1. ^ "The Ultimate Country Music Database". Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  2. ^ "No More Highland Travelers". Bluegrass Today. November 15, 2018. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "Adam Steffey Is Back - with Volume Five". Bluegrass Today. January 21, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Adam Steffey Interview. By Terry Pender. Mandolin quarterly, 9(1) 4–11. Mar 2004.
  5. ^ a b "Faculty and Staff". Archived from the original on August 17, 2015. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "Adam Steffey – The Graduate". Bluegrass Today. June 24, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  7. ^ "Mr. and Mrs. Steffey". Bluegrass Today. May 12, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  8. ^ "Adam, Tina, Andrew and Riley". Bluegrass Today. October 21, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  9. ^ "Recipient History". IBMA Awards. Archived from the original on January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014.