The Steep Canyon Rangers are living, picking proof that bluegrass music can adapt to its times without losing its history and that artistry plus dedication can - even in this era of music business uncertainty - launch a major career. In just ten years (a short spell in bluegrass), this five-piece band has graduated from stairwell jams at the University of North Carolina to America's greatest stages, including the Grand Ole Opry and a national tour with Grammy® and Emmy® winning actor/comedian and banjo player Steve Martin.
Best known for their enthralling, good-timing live shows at venues that run the gamut from bluegrass and Americana festivals like MerleFest, Telluride and RockyGrass; to major music events in Sweden, Ireland, Germany and Canada; to rock venues on the jam band circuit; the Rangers have also recorded a series of albums, each one expanding on the strengths of the one before. And in keeping with their longstanding emphasis on growth and improvement, their newest Rebel Records release, Deep In The Shade, will likely be regarded as their finest work to date.
There’s a lot more here, most of all a sensibility born of sincere admiration for a musical tradition and a healthy group dynamic that lets these five musicians contribute their voice to a larger whole. They are heirs to the insightful feel and audience-broadening approach that characterized the Seldom Scene in the 1970s and Hot Rize in the 1980s.
“When Martin graciously left the stage to the group for several songs, the Rangers went into overdrive, mixing dazzling speed with high lonesome harmonies. Nicky Sanders’ blazing fiddle playing repeatedly stole the show, especially during an encore rendition of the bluegrass standard ‘Orange Blossom Special.’” - The Chicago Tribune
“absolutely smoking . . . the musical highlight was the Steep Canyon Rangers’ ‘Lovin’ Pretty Women,’ a stomping barnburner.” - The Boston Herald
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