Charles R. Humphrey III has played upright bass for over 25 years. He studied classically at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where Steep Canyon Rangers was formed. Charles has released side projects of his original compositions "Songs from the Road," and "Songs from the Road Band: As the Crow Flies." Along with SCR, many other artists have recorded his songs. Charles endorses Chadwick folding basses, Acoustic Image amps, and D'Addario strings. He is also an avid ultra runner and calls Asheville, NC home.
Originally from California, Nicky Sanders began training as a classical violinist at age 5. After serving as concertmaster of the Young People's Symphony Orchestra, he moved to Boston, MA to attend Berklee College of Music where he studied Jazz, Bluegrass and Composition. In 2004, Nicky moved to North Carolina to join Steep Canyon Rangers, first appearing on the album "One Dime at a Time" and three more records since. In 2010, the IBMA nominated the Rangers' recording of Nicky's fiddle tune "Mourning Dove" as Instrumental Performance of the Year. The song appears on the band's latest CD "Deep in the Shade". Nicky also enjoys solving New York Times crossword puzzles and drinking fresh-squeezed orange juice.
Mike Guggino grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina, where he learned to play piano, saxophone and guitar. He didn’t encounter bluegrass until college, though, when friends from Kentucky introduced him to the sounds of Hot Rize, the Seldom Scene, Tony Rice, New Grass Revival, and John Hartford. From there, he found his way to the music of Bill Monroe, and the mandolin, an instrument that also harkened back to his Italian great-grandparents. Mike immediately began to immerse himself in the bluegrass tradition and write original songs of his own. Over the past decade, his unique compositions have become signature Rangers tunes. Mike is proud to play Kimble mandolins and mandolas.
Graham Sharp began playing banjo in college and almost immediately fell into playing with Charles and Woody. Originally introduced to bluegrass by his high school Latin teacher, Graham was drawn to the sounds of John Hartford and Norman Blake. Through the years he has penned more than thirty Steep Canyon Rangers songs. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina and most enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, Wade and Rosalie.
Woody Platt‘s musical career began in the third grade, when he sang in the Brevard, North Carolina Boys Choir. He played trumpet and baritone in his middle school band, then became interested in bluegrass and guitar as a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He, Charles Humphrey, and Graham Sharp started playing together as students, eventually forming the Rangers. Woody founded the Mountain Song Festival as a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County in 2006, and continues to co-produce it. He lives in Brevard, North Carolina with his wife, the singer and songwriter Shannon Whitworth, and spends much of his time off the road in a trout stream.
Michael Ashworth has been a close friend to the Rangers since their inception, and was a session performer, producer, teacher, and touring artist before joining the band full time in the spring of 2013. He is a multi-instrumentalist whose musical influences run the gamut from John Hartford to John Bonham. He spent years playing guitar in the old time band Carolina Cotton and was a founding member of the rock band Fifth House. He also toured and recorded with The Jon Stickley Trio, Shannon Whitworth, Jeff Sipe, Town Mountain and many others. Teaching is a big part of Ashworth’s life and he is co-director of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program of Transylvania County. When he is not touring or recording, he loves being with his family at home in Brevard NC. Mike proudly plays cajon drums from theboxkit.com.