STEEP CANYON RANGERS’ RADIO OUT NOW ON ROUNDER RECORDS
NOMINATED FOR INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION’S RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR
CURRENTLY ON U.S. TOUR
“…propulsive, rhythmically dynamic style…[that] incorporates elements of funk into the string-band madness.” —Acoustic Guitar
“It’s one of those albums that’s packed with hits, if only there were any justice or logic in today’s radio. The title track would be a smash hit of summer, and the follow-up would be the galloping ‘Blow Me Away.’” —No Depression
“…the bluegrass act hit with sound, fury and precision. An early instrumental, fuelled by Nicky Sanders’ scorching fiddle, may have been one of the weekend’s most memorable musical moments. With originals that sound like classics and a near telepathic interplay between players, the six-piece showcased a blistering virtuosity that made for a nice awakening for the sleepy crowd.” —Calgary Herald
Grammy award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers’ highly anticipated album, RADIO, is out now on Rounder Records (iTunes). Produced by Jerry Douglas (John Oates, Alison Krauss, Béla Fleck), the album is already receiving widespread critical acclaim—American Songwriter praises, “The Rangers’ vocal harmonies feel lived in and natural, adding more down home goodness that springs from these players with an easygoing charm. Ditto for the music that finds the Rangers coalescing in ways only acquired through over a decade and a half of playing live. The [Steve] Martin connection was icing on the cake for an outfit that, based on albums as strong as RADIO, was primed and ready for their unsuspecting thrust into the spotlight.” Additionally, The Wall Street Journal calls the album’s title track, “…a wide-eyed tribute to the magic of discovering music over the airwaves.” The single’s music video can be viewed/shared here: http://bit.ly/1NSDxwk.
The Steep Canyon Rangers are Woody Platt (guitar), Graham Sharp (banjo), Charles R. Humphrey III (bass), Mike Guggino (mandolin), Nicky Sanders (fiddle) and Mike Ashworth (box kit).
In celebration of the album, the band is currently in the midst of a nationwide U.S. tour including dates with esteemed comedian and banjo player, Steve Martin. Of their recent performance with 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 its parts.” See below for full tour details.
RADIO is the band’s ninth studio album and was recorded with Douglas at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording Studio. The album comprises twelve all-original bluegrass/Americana tracks, the bulk of which were written by Sharp with Humphrey, Platt and Guggino composing the rest in varying degrees. Included are a few co-writes with fellow musicians from the folk world such as Phil Barker of the Carolina bluegrass band Town Mountain and singer/songwriter Shannon Whitworth.
Earlier this summer, the International Bluegrass Music Association nominated the acclaimed band 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 Steve Martin. Lead singer Woody Platt is also nominated this year 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.
RADIO follows Steep Canyon Rangers’ 2013 release, Tell The Ones I Love, which Bluegrass Today praised as “…a great mixture of today’s bluegrass styles, excellent harmonies, and a few surprises…an excellent album…The Steep Canyon Rangers have delivered another winner, and their fans are sure to be pleased.” Ed Helms’ The Bluegrass Situation asserted, “It’s an exquisite recording, a wonderful marriage of their talent and work ethic, and Larry Campbell’s remarkable intuition.” Previously, their 2012 release, Nobody Knows You, was presented the Grammy Award for “Best Bluegrass Album.”
The Steep Canyon Rangers are deeply committed to their community and various charitable organizations. Their annual Mountain Song Festival, which benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County, will celebrate its 10th Anniversary this year, kicking off with an inaugural Steep Canyon 50 K & Relay Ultra Run on September 10th. Along with Steep Canyon Rangers, the lineup includes headliners Ricky Skaggs, the Del Mcoury Band, and The Milk Carton Kids. Additionally, the band has entered a partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery and their CAN’d Aid Foundation as well as SevenBar Aviation and their affiliated hospital foundations.
For more information, please contact Mary Moyer 212.741.1000, Asha Goodman 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.
RADIO TRACK LIST
2. Diamonds In The Dust
3. Simple Is Me
4. Blow Me Away
5. Blue Velvet Rain
6. Looking Glass
7. Down That Road Again
10. Long Summer
11. When The Well Runs Dry
12. Monumental Foolour Schedule
STEEP CANYON RANGERS’ CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
*appearing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra
†appearing with Steve Martin
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 4 /// San Francisco, CA /// Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
October 10 /// North Truro, MA /// Payomet Performing Arts Center
October 11 /// Boston, MA /// Brighton Music Hall
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 8 /// Wallingford, CT /// Oakdale Theatre
November 12 /// Rockland, ME /// The Strand Theatre
December 3 /// Sumter, SC /// Sumter Opera House
December 4-5 /// Charlotte, NC /// The Neighborhood Theatre
December 10 /// Rocky Mount, VA /// Harvester Performance Arts Center
December 11 /// Charlottesville, VA /// Jefferson Theater
December 12 /// Chapel Hill, NC /// Memorial Hall – UNC
January 8-9 /// Asheville, NC /// The Orange Peel
January 15 /// Knoxville, TN /// U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre
January 16 /// Chattanooga, TN /// Revelry Room
February 15 /// Salisbury, NC /// Lee Street Theatre