Steep Canyon Rangers, still basking in the glow of the band’s recent Grammy win for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year, takes the stage at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Thursday, Mar. 7, 2013. Local bluegrass favorite Wild Mountain opens the show at 7 p.m.
Steep Canyon Rangers might be best recognized as the bluegrass band often fronted by comedian/musician Steve Martin. Independently, however, the quintet has garnered a well-deserved reputation for smooth vocals, smart songwriting, ferocious instrumentals and stunning harmony. The recent Grammy for the band’s latest release Nobody Knows You reinforces this reputation. Nobody Knows You is, at this writing, #1 on the Roots Music Chart, and #2 on the BluegrassToday.com singles chart.
Wrote Examiner.com, "True bluegrass, when done well, is a thing of art and the Steep Canyon Rangers are the genre's current Rembrandt."
Before embarking on a world tour backing comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers was nominated for two International Bluegrass Music awards in 2008 (including Album of the Year, Lovin' Pretty Women) as well as named Emerging Artist of the Year in 2006 at the IBMA awards ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.
Of a performance on the road with Martin, the Chicago Tribune wrote, “When Martin graciously left the stage to the group for several songs, The Rangers went into overdrive, mixing dazzling speed with high lonesome harmonies. Nicky Sanders’ blazing fiddle-playing repeatedly stole the show, especially during an encore rendition of the bluegrass standard ‘Orange Blossom Special.’”
Steep Canyon on the road with Steve Martin
With albums and solo records that consistently place on the top of the bluegrass charts, Steep Canyon Rangers regularly performs to enthusiastic audiences at prestigious events such as RockyGrass, “A Prairie Home Companion” and Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has shared the stage with Martin on “Late Night With David Letterman,” “The Colbert Report” and “Austin City Limits.”
Based in Asheville, N.C., The Rangers are Woody Platt (guitar, lead vocals), Mike Guggino (mandolin, vocals), Charles Humphrey (bass, vocals), Graham Sharp (banjo, vocals), and Nicky Sanders (fiddle, vocals).
View video performances of Steep Canyon Rangers at www.steepcanyon.com/media.
Durango-based Wild Mountain is an acoustic string band known for its unique blend of original bluegrass and Americana music that focuses on life “west of the 100th Meridian.” The band is a rich blend of musical styles featuring the husband and wife team of Brad Bartlett and Estella Moore on guitar, fiddle and vocals. Their original songwriting is the heart of Wild Mountain and it mixes traditional and regional “mountain music” with engaging historic, social and environmental themes.
Wild Mountain from Durango, Colorado
The band is rounded out with Rusty Charpentier (bass, vocals), a music major at Fort Lewis College where he is mastering violin and numerous other stringed instruments, and Mark Epstein (banjo, dobro and vocals). Epstein was a member of the former bluegrass band, The Badly Bent, winners of the 2005 Telluride Bluegrass band competition.
Tickets for Steep Canyon Rangers with special guest Wild Mountain – $25/$34 – are available by calling 970.247.7657, on the web at www.durangoconcerts.com, or visit the ticket office inside the Welcome Center at 8th St. and Main Ave. in Downtown Durango.
Showtime is 7 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall and concessions, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, opening at 6 p.m.
On show day, the box office at the Concert Hall will be open one hour prior to curtain, and remain open through intermission. When no intermission is scheduled, ticket sales will continue one hour past curtain. Purchase tickets to three or more Concert Hall productions in one sales transaction and receive 10 percent off each ticket. Discounts cannot be combined, and all sales final.
The Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.
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