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Boise Doesn't Have Mass Transit, but it's Got New Transit

Saturday, Dec. 17 at Visual Arts Collective


There's a bluegrass supergroup in town, and it's called New Transit. The band features Sean Hatton and A. Nigel Gates on guitar, bass and vocals, Louis McFarland on drums and Dave Manion on guitar and pedal steel. Separately, the boys have played with the Jeremiah James Gang, Exit 51 and more.

New Transit's debut album, One, combines the members' individual talents in a stew of stick-to-your-ribs melodies. Songs like "She Moves Me a Little" shine with seduction, with Hatton crooning: "She steps out of my shirt / closes the door / and pulls all the sheets off my bed."

The band's sound has even pulled Treasure Valley legend Pinto Bennett--doffed in his trademark cowboy hat and bolo tie--out of his 2010 sheep wagon retirement for a special show at Visual Arts Collective on Saturday, Dec. 17.