Grammy-winning bluegrass band
Steep Canyon Rangers are Asheville, North Carolina’s Grammy winners, perennial Billboard chart-toppers and frequent collaborators with the renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin. The band is bluegrass to the core but continues to evolve with a fresh sound and identity all its own, with a passionate and energetic on-stage style. The Rangers are comprised of Woody Platt on guitar and vocals, Graham Sharp on banjo and vocals, Mike Guggino on mandolin/mandola and vocals, Nicky Sanders on fiddle and vocals, Mike Ashworth on drums and vocals, and Barrett Smith on bass and vocals. The group has been pickin’ and strummin’ for audiences for years but traces its humble beginnings back to North Carolina. They grew up with the musical influences of the area, which are steeped in the traditions of bluegrass and old-time mountain music. In 2013, the Steep Canyon Rangers reached a pinnacle in their career with a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.