Cancelled Warren Hayes Dates 

Due to a family emergency, Warren Haynes and The Ashes & Dust Band have had to cancel their upcoming West Coast tour dates, where we would have been opening. Refunds will be available at point of purchase, and we hope to reschedule the shows soon.

Thank you all for you support and understanding.

Stagecoach 2016 

We're thrilled to announce that we'll be performing at Stagecoach in Indio, CA on May 1, 2016!!  Tickets go on sale Friday, October 9th, 11:00am PST.

*** For Immediate Release*** 

Nashville-based Acoustic String Trio CHESSBOXER Set To Make National Debut With Apollo EP 
North American Tour Announced Both Performing With Warren Haynes And Opening Shows On His Ashes & Dust Tour

Listen/Share “Calon Lan” Premiered Today by The Bluegrass Situation

ChessBoxer have announced the release of their debut EP, Apollo, due September 22 from 333 Entertainment. The collection's opening track “Calon Lan" is premiered today by The Bluegrass Situation. Produced by Charlie Peacock (Civil Wars, Switchfoot), Apollo serves as a preview to the Nashville-based, string trio's forthcoming full-length album due in early 2016. ChessBoxer completed the EP in anticipation of an upcoming tour with Warren Haynes. They’ll join Haynes for 19 shows on his Ashes & Dust tour this Fall, both performing as his backing band and opening each evening with a set of their own music.  

"The Apollo EP is a collection of four pieces from our upcoming debut album we've recorded with Charlie Peacock,” says Ross Holmes. “We're excited to share a few of these new songs.  Each one is its own journey and hopefully means something special and different with each listen."

ChessBoxer is comprised of Matt Menefee on banjo, Ross Holmes on violin and the recent addition of Royal Masat on upright bass. Menefee and Holmes were founding members of the progressive acoustic band Cadillac Sky, while collectively the three musicians have performed with Mumford & Sons, Dan Auerbach, Bruce Hornsby, Alison Krauss and Old Crow Medicine Show among many others. It was through their work with Bela Fleck that they first came to the attention of Warren Haynes. The legendary guitarist asked Fleck if he had any musicians to suggest when assembling a touring ensemble to perform the songs on his new acoustic-based album, Ashes & Dust. Fleck told him to look no further than ChessBoxer.

“Warren Haynes is the Supreme Godfather of jam/exploration bands around the world and to have the opportunity to join him on tour is truly an honor,” continues Holmes. “We can hardly wait to start performing his new material, this is new territory for all of us to create and converse in!” 

Although rooted in a time-honored string band sound, ChessBoxer subtly push musical boundaries. Their interest in symphonic music can be heard on tracks like “Calon Lan” and “I Can’t Tell My Secret Weapon” where they’ve condensed orchestrated musical ideas down to three instruments. On more traditional leaning material like “The Devil and Sally Jones” and “Bacon,” they achieve elegance, but retain a spirited bluegrass earthiness. Their technical form and knowledge of melodic structure results in beautiful instrumental compositions. The band describes them as “stories that evolve with each performance.” From inspired original pieces, to traditional tunes of the American vernacular, ChessBoxer is poised to have a major impact on one of the most important renaissance periods of American music.

CB with Bruce Hornsby and on short tour in UK 

ChessBoxer will once again join legendary pianist and singer, Bruce Hornsby, for an incredible evening of music at ACL's Moody Theater on May 28th, 2015. ChessBoxer supported Hornsby on tour during the summer of 2014 and is thrilled to have the honor to perform with him again. 

Following the Texas concert, CB will travel to England where they'll perform at the 2nd annual Red Rooster Festival in Suffolk on June 6th. On June 9th, the boys will make an appearance at The Latest Music Bar in Brighton for an intimate set supported by The Long Hill Ramblers. You'll find all relevant info on the show page, concert times, where to purchase tickets. 


Woo!! Even though it's last minute, we're very pumped about a couple of gigs this coming week:

First, you can tune into Concert Window for a set of untamed Bluegrass music tomorrow evening, Feb 22nd, at 9PM EST. We'll be playing some classics as well as some originals that will most definitely satisfy your bluegrass needs! 

The second gig is this coming Friday, Feb 27th, at The Basement in Nashville, TN. We'll be playing alongside some incredible Nashville talent and the tix are cheap - $5! 

Check out both events for some magical moments in music land - more big news to follow!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to each of you! 

2014 was a great year for ChessBoxer - 2015 is going to be even better!

We just spent a couple of days at Blackbird Studio D with producer Charlie Peacock and engineer Richie Biggs who are guiding and helping us create the album we've wanted to record! We can't name the guest artists yet and have some exciting news about changes to ChessBoxer, but all will be revealed in the new year along with tour dates and various other tidbits that will tickle your fancy!

Many blessings to all of you, we hope to see you all in 2015!

Matt and Ross

Pictured L - R: Royal Masat, Matt Menefee, Charlie Peacock, Richie Biggs, Ross Holmes, Seth Morton


We're Fall-ing into Winter! 

With the onslaught of recent Polar Vortex activity, ChessBoxer has been holed away writing and arranging new songs for upcoming sessions to record the new album due in 2015! The boys are incredibly excited about the new music and would like to share some of it with you on two dates...

On Dec 11th at the Stone Fox in Nashville, TN, CB will be performing their last live concert of 2014 and will be joined by the beautiful trio, Maybe April. Tickets are only $5 and you can find all of the additional info on the Shows page above.

On Dec 16th, CB will once again return to your computer, iPhone, TV, and digital screens for a Holiday Concert hosted by Concert Window! The first CB gig through Concert Window was a complete success and this upcoming concert should be filled with even more cheer and holiday frivolity! You'll find the link to this event on the Shows page as well.

We hope you can join ChessBoxer for one or both of these events, there will definitely be a slew of wonderful guest musicians and friends to make sure these events aren't soon forgotten!



Fall has arrived! 

Wow, it's already October, and since we last checked in and It's been a busy few weeks for ChessBoxer! Matt has been touring with mandolin player and singer John Frazier and his group, Frazier Band, as well as additional filming for ABC's "Nashville!" Ross has been in CA for his sister Katie's wedding in Yosemite National Park, as well as prepping for a performance at the Alamo at the end of the month. More details to come soon on that event...Even more importantly, CB has finished more material for upcoming album sessions this fall as well as working with a couple of possible musicians to make music with CB! 

Tomorrow, Wednesday the 15th, you can catch CB as they make their debut on ABC's "Nashville" TV Show - the music takes place at the legendary Ryman Auditorium, can't wait to see the episode! 

If you happen to be in Nashville on Saturday, Oct 19th, you can catch Ross at The Station Inn fiddling as part of the Kenny Baker Tribute Night hosted by Brian Christianson. This will be a very special evening to celebrate one of the most recognized and important fiddlers of the 20th Century.

More info about upcoming fall events will be posted soon, check back for more news!