Woody Talks About College and Winning a GRAMMY

Woody chats with David Ford from 88.5 WFDD about how he and the Steep Canyon Rangers grew from friends who jammed in college to GRAMMY winners! Click here to listen.Triad Arts is Broadcast at 8:35am and 5:44pm

The Blue Ridge Music Center wraps up its stellar performance series Saturday, October 11th with the Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers. They’ve performed at venues from Carnegie Hall to London’s Hammersmith Apollo Theatre and become one of the most successful bluegrass bands in the world. The Asheville-based bluegrass band was recently nominated for the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards for the song "Graveyard Fields.” It’s from the band’s most recent album release Tell The Ones I Love.

But Steep Canyon Rangers started out as a group of friends jamming together for fun in college. Guitarist Woody Platt says prior to that time his primary instrumental experiences came from the brass section where he played trumpet and baritone as a youngster.

Woody and the rest of the Rangers will perform at The Blue Ridge Music Center Saturday, October 11th beginning at 4:00 PM. The band recently partnered with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and Bonesteel Films to protect Graveyard Fields, one of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s most treasured spots. Together they’ve created a public service video to help the foundation raise money to complete an improvement project at Graveyard Fields, located at parkway milepost 418 near Asheville and Brevard.