Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers

biography

GRAMMY® Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. They’re as danceable as the most progressive, party-oriented string band, and equally comfortable translating their songs for accompaniment by a full symphony.

 
It’s that mix of serious chops and good-natured fun that earned the Steep Canyon Rangers the GRAMMY® Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013 (for “Nobody Knows You”), and that drew celebrated comedian/banjoist Steve Martin to them when he needed a backing band. The Rangers are world-class musicians who are just as at home taking the stage at Carnegie Hall as they are knee-deep in a mountain brook, fly rod in hand.

 
It has been more than fifteen years and nine studio albums since the Steep Canyon Rangers formed in Chapel Hill. The band received rave reviews for their last album (the Jerry Douglas-produced “Radio”), with No Depression commenting that it is “one of those albums that’s packed with hits.” Now, in 2017, the band is working on their highly anticipated tenth studio album. “It’s really gratifying to play music with people you can trust, who hear something and pull what’s best out of it into something truly special,” says banjoist Graham Sharp. “As a songwriter, my favorite part of the whole thing is watching the band bring these ideas to life.”

 
When they aren’t in the studio, the Steep Canyon Rangers maintain a rigorous touring schedule with shows all over the U.S. (both with Steve Martin as well as headlining dates). They also appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” with Steve Martin last December.

 
“We’re just getting started,” guitarist/lead vocalist Woody Platt exudes. “It’s almost daunting, to think about how much more there is that we want to accomplish as the Steep Canyon Rangers. Each time I get off stage, I ask myself, ‘Was that fun? Did that feed your soul?’ That’s how we go about it, and more times than not, the answer is a rounding ‘Yes.’ We’re totally committed.”

 
Steep Canyon Rangers is:
Woody Platt – Guitar, Lead Vocals
Mike Guggino – Mandolin, Vocals
Charles Humphrey – Bass, Vocals
Graham Sharp – Banjo, Vocals
Nicky Sanders – Fiddle, Vocals
Michael Ashworth – Percussion

news

Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers Preview Upcoming Album With Single “Caroline”
Steep Canyon Rangers Has a Runner!
Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers join Chris Thile on A Prairie Home Companion
Steep Canyon Rangers and Jim Lauderdale featured in Rolling Stone’s “12 Best Things We Saw at MerleFest 2016!”
New Frontier Artists Make Rolling Stone’s ‘Best of MerleFest’ list

TOUR DATES

Date City Venue
Jul 22 Denver, CO Bellco Theatre
Jul 23 Las Vegas, NV Caesar’s Palace – The Colosseum
Jul 28 Boothbay Harbor, ME Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
Jul 29 Cornish, ME Ossipee Valley Bluegrass Festival
Jul 30 Bethlehem, NH The Colonial Theatre
Aug 04 Ozark, AR Byrds Campground
Aug 11 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
Aug 12 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Aug 13 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Aug 16 Harrisonburg, VA Rockingham County Fair
Aug 25 Las Vegas, NV Caesar’s Palace – The Colosseum
Aug 26 Salt Lake City, UT Grand Sierra Resort & Casino – Grand Theatre
Aug 28 Layton, UT The Kenley Amphitheater
Sep 01 Sea Island, GA Sea Island Resort
Sep 02 New Bern, NC Tryon Palace and Gardens
Sep 14 - Sep 15 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap Filene Center
Sep 16 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavillion At Riverbend Music
Sep 17 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Sep 21 Boulder, CO Chautauqua Auditorium Summer Concert Series
Sep 22 Crested Butte, CO Crested Butte Center For The Arts
Sep 23 Telluride, CO Sheridan Opera House
Oct 06 - Oct 07 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
Oct 08 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Riverside Theatre
Oct 09 Appleton, WI Fox Cities PAC
Oct 13 Wilmington, NC Greenfield Amphitheatre
Oct 14 - Oct 15 Live Oak, FL Suwannee Roots Revival
Oct 27 Des Moines, IA Des Moines Civic Center
Oct 29 Las Vegas, NV Caesar’s Palace – The Colosseum
Nov 03 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center/ Ikeda Theater
Nov 04 Wickenburg, AZ Webb Center for the P.A.
Nov 09 - Nov 12 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati Music Hall
Dec 01 Roanoke, VA Jefferson Center – Shaftman Performance Hall
Jan 12 - Jan 13 Chapel Hill, NC The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Jan 19 Saratoga, CA Carriage House Theater @ Montalvo Arts Center
Jan 20 Malibu, CA Pepperdine University Center for the Arts
Jan 21 San Luis Obispo, CA Cal Poly State University
Mar 01 Billings, MT Alberta Bair Theater
Mar 17 Dayton, OH Victoria Theatre
Mar 22 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
Mar 23 Gainesville, FL University of Florida – University Auditorium
Mar 24 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre

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