New Steep Canyon Rangers Imminent; Streaming Online; Band Awards Noms


Steep Canyon Rangers’ upcoming album, RADIO, is now streaming in full exclusively at Paste Magazine. Produced by Jerry Douglas (John Oates, Alison Krauss, Béla Fleck), the album will be released next Friday, August 28, on Rounder.

Of their recent performance with their longtime bro, comedian and banjo playe, Steve Martin, San Francisco Weekly asserts, “‘Radio,’ the title track from the Ranger’s new CD, had depth and energy, along with Platt’s ear-pleasing tenor rolling out as smooth and flavorful as one of the vineyard’s smoky mellow reds. ‘Blow Me Away’ allowed Sanders to stretch out like the song’s ‘freight train rolling,’ especially at the tune’s midpoint. Guggino on the mandolin roamed through the instruments’ dynamic range and — tethered by a rich bass, anchored by groove-like percussion, roughed up with a driving banjo line — the whole added up to more than the sum of the parts.

See below for full tour details.

The International Bluegrass Music Association has nominated Steep Canyon Rangers for Recorded Event Of The Year for their performance of “Test of Time” with Edie Brickell, produced by Carl Jackson. This marks the band’s eighth IBMA nomination—two of which they won, including Entertainers of the Year in 2011 for their work with Martin. Lead singer Woody Platt has also received a nomination for IBMA’s Mentor Award, which is given to a bluegrass professional who has made a significant impact on the lives and careers of newcomers to the bluegrass industry.


August 26 /// Nashville, TN /// City Winery

August 27 /// Louisville, KY /// Headliners Music Hall

August 28 /// Bristol, TN /// Paramount Center for the Arts

August 29 /// Galax, VA /// The Blue Ridge Music Center

September 11-13 /// Brevard, NC /// Mountain Song Festival

September 17 /// Ottawa, Ontario /// CityFolk

September 20 /// Flagstaff, AZ /// Pickin’ in the Pines

September 24 /// Morehead City, NC /// The Morehead Center

September 25 /// Manteo, NC /// Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

September 26 /// Charleston, SC /// The North Charleston Performance Arts Center*

September 27 /// Doswell, VA /// State Fair of Virginia

October 2 /// Raleigh, NC /// Wide Open Bluegrass

October 6 /// Dallas, TX /// Frontiers of Flight Museum

October 12 /// New York, NY /// The Bowery Ballroom

October 15 /// Florence, SC /// Uptown Ballroom at the Florence Civic Center

October 16-17 /// Live Oak, FL /// Magnolia Music Festival

October 19 /// Cullowhee, NC /// Bardo Performing Arts Center

October 23-24 /// Washington, DC /// Kennedy Center Concert Hall†

October 28 /// Boone, NC /// Legends (Appalachian State)

October 29 /// Winston-Salem, NC /// Ziggy’s

November 7 /// Kingston, RI /// University of Rhode Island

November 12 /// Rockland, ME /// The Strand Theatre

December 4-5 /// Charlotte, NC /// The Neighborhood Theatre

December 12 /// Chapel Hill, NC /// Memorial Hall – UNC


*appearing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra

†appearing with Steve Martin


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