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Career chords: Mandolinist Adam Steffey leads the Boxcars to Cashmere bluegrass stage

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When Adam Steffey got his first mandolin as a gift from his grandfather at 14, he thought he was getting an early start.

“I was a late bloomer by today’s standards,” says Steffey, now 48. “... Then I got out there and started playing a little more regionally, and I started realizing that there are folks that start playing when they’re six, eight years old.”

However young, at least those players have Steffey to look up to. His storied career…

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