Music: Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers have risen to the top of the Bluegrass world slowly but surely.

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Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers have risen to the top of the Bluegrass world slowly but surely. Formed while college students in North Carolina (and now based near Asheville, N.C.), the group represents the younger guard in Bluegrass music, a band that is fluent in the traditional side of the genre yet open-minded and contemporary in their approach.

Lately, the Rangers have found success while touring and recording with the legendary comedian, movie actor and musician Steve Martin. 

The band, which consists of Woody Platt, Mike Guggino, Graham Sharp, Nicky Sanders, Charles Humphrey and newly added percussionist Mike Ashworth, comes to perform in Cincinnati on a roll, having just headlined the massive MerleFest music festival in North Carolina.

Steep Canyon Rangers play 20th Century Theater 8 p.m. Thursday, June 12. Tickets/more info here.