Steep Canyon Rangers sign with Ramseur Management & New Frontier Touring

We are excited to announce that we have signed with Dolph Ramseur and Ramseur Records as the new management component of the Steep Canyon team. Dolph has similar North Carolina roots as the band and has his own unique approach to band management. His team's focus on the importance of ‘the song’ and ‘the joy’ of the music is refreshing. Along with new management, we have also joined longtime agent John Everhart in moving from Keith Case & Associates to New Frontier Touring. We look forward to working with Dolph, John, and their teams and can't wait to see what lies ahead for Steep Canyon Rangers.

New Video & Upcoming Shows in Partnership with Oskar Blues


The Steep Canyon Rangers are continuing their partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery with a series of summer events and music benefiting the CAN'd Aid Foundation, including a benefit concert at the Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, ColoRADo.

Steep Canyon Rangers and CAN'd Aid Director Diana Ralston discuss the partnership in a new video filmed at Oskar Blues Brewery in North Carolina that also features the band playing a song from their upcoming album, next to the canning line.

The Oskar Blues/Steep Canyon Rangers partnership kicked off in January 2015 as the culmination of a long-standing friendship rooted in a shared commitment to music, the outdoors, craft beer, and community-oriented charitable causes.

The relationship between Oskar Blues and Steep Canyon Rangers started in the late '90s, when the band met Oskar Blues Soul Founder Dale Katechis during a trek to RockyGrass Festival in Lyons, Colorado. They camped in Katechis' yard, and he invited them to perform at the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons.

When the Steep Canyon Rangers started Mountain Song Festival to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County, Oskar Blues signed on as the beer sponsor and has since become the exclusive beer of Mountain Song. The 10th Annual Mountain Song Festival kicks off this year with the Inaugural Steep Canyon 50K Ultra on September 10th, followed by the music festival, September 11-13 at the Brevard Music Center.

"Partnering with Oskar Blues is exciting. We've personally known Dale and have considered him a good friend for well over 10 years. Now that he and Oskar Blues have a brewery in our hometown of Brevard, NC, this pairing is a perfect fit." - Woody Platt


June 20th
Telluride Bluegrass & NightGrass Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO

June 30th Steep Canyon Rangers and Brevard Sinfonia with BMC Resident Conductor Ken Lam Brevard Music Center, Brevard, NC

July 27th Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Lyons, CO CAN’d Aid Benefit Concert & Beer Dinner following the RockyGrass Festival

September 10th Steep Canyon 50K Ultramarathon Relay & Hullabaloo Concert & Race at Oskar Blues REEB Ranch

Thanks Acoustic Guitar!

One of the most dazzling sets came from the Steep Canyon Rangers. Best known for backing Steve Martin upon the comedian’s return to the banjo, the Rangers have grown into quite a remarkable ensemble. Since they’ve added box-top drummer Mike Ashworth to the regular lineup, they’ve seized on a propulsive, rhythmically dynamic style, and their jams on this day at the Hillside seemed to incorporate elements of funk into the string-band madness. Rest assured, this band is clicking on all cylinders right now—managing to be air tight and lovably loose simultaneously.
— Acoustic Guitar

Paste Magazine: MerleFest 2015

The latter two acts had drummers, of course, but so did the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Grammy-winning bluegrass band best known for collaborating with Steve Martin. For their Sunday afternoon set at the Hillside Stage (one of 13 stages scattered around the campus of Wilkes Community College), the Rangers added a percussionist to their usual five-man line-up of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and acoustic bass. Michael Ashworth sat atop his Peruvian cajon, a hollow wooden box that he slapped to produce a sound that resemble a brush hitting a tom drum. He’s not the first person to use a cajon in a string band, but he demonstrated its useful ability to blend in with the other hollow, wooden instruments on stage. He was especially effective on the band’s railroad songs, providing a clickety-clack, Johnny Cash-like momentum that allowed virtuoso fiddler Nicky Sanders to wail like a train whistle.
— Geoffrey Himes

Steep Canyon Rangers wow them in west Midtown

While Sanders wowed the crowd with his fiddle playing, each member of the band was equally talented at playing his instrument. Some songs were ways to give each band member his own turn in the spotlight/jam session. The band also played some songs from its new album, which will be released this fall. The Rangers have worked with producer Jerry Douglas on the new album, which showcases its new sound with the addition of Ashworth. The new songs, including one likely named “Blow Me Away,” give the band’s sound a rock/pop edge.
— Everett Catts

MerleFest and Stringbandology

Steep Canyon Rangers Acoustic GuitarThis event—held in the tiny town of Wilkesboro, North Carolina—would come to be known as MerleFest, a folk and bluegrass showcase named in memory of the late Merle Watson, the guitar-playing son and musical partner of flat- picking guitar legend Doc Watson. The younger Watson had died tragically in a tractor accident three years earlier.

“It was intended to be one time, one show, one night,” says original MerleFest executive director B Townes, a horticulture instructor at the community college.

Townes had no idea how popular the festival would be for music fans starved for acoustic sounds rooted in tradition. What began as a way for Townes to raise money to improve the campus gardens—now called the Eddy Merle Watson Memorial Garden for the Senses— today attracts nearly 80,000 people a year to see up to 100 acts play on 14 stages.

Read article from Acoustic Guitar Magazine by Mark Segal Kemp

Steep Canyon Rangers to Perform April 8 in Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

The Steep Canyon Rangers started as a group of friends playing music together for fun, but after more than a dozen years together, they are instantly recognized as one of the most successful bluegrass bands touring today. The group’s recordings and dynamic live performances have earned them many accolades, including Grammy and IBMA Awards, but most important, is the devotion of their fans. The Steep Canyon Rangers are Woody Platt (guitar), Graham Sharp (banjo), Charles Humphrey (bass), Mike Guggino (mandolin), Nicky Sanders (fiddle) and Mike Ashworth (box kit).

The Steep Canyon Rangers play progressive bluegrass music firmly rooted in tradition, with smart, original songs. They are seasoned and dynamic, never failing to thrill their audience with instrumental dexterity and speed, tight harmonies, and the fun they obviously have on stage.

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Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers amaze, melt faces

steep canyon rangers tour concert As good as the record sounds, the Rangers are a different group when seen live. Their energy was on full display, and they appeared to be enjoying the show just as much as those watching.

Read full review from The Cavalier Daily.