Steep Canyon Rangers & Jeff Austin Band featuring Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross MartinFriday, July 24, 2015
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. Their 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. Ever growing and evolving, the Steep Canyon Rangers keep things interesting by performing at an eclectic mix of venues ranging from NY’s Carnegie Hall to a stand up rock clubs; jam band festivals to traditional bluegrass festivals. They tour between 125 and 150 dates per year, typically splitting their schedule between their own shows and sharing the stage with actor/comedian and respected banjo player Steve Martin and, more recently, with Steve and Edie Brickell.
They are deeply committed to their close-knit communities of Brevard and Asheville in Western North Carolina, forming partnerships with local businesses and actively supporting local charities, including their annual Mountain Song Festival, which benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County.
Former Yonder Mountain String Band mandolinist & front-man Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his
fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live.
Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way,
he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion. With his debut solo project,
Austin’s songwriting remains rooted in Americana inspiration and the frantic energy of the jam genre but also, reaches
even further weaving in more mainstream themes, reminiscent of his co-write contribution “Fiddlin’ Around,” that was
featured on the 2010 Grammy nominated Dierks Bentley album, Up on the Ridge . Austin will release his
yet-to-be-titled debut CD on Yep Roc Records in February 2015 featuring his new band of Danny Barnes (banjo and
vocals), Eric Thorin (bass and vocals) and Ross Martin (guitar and vocals). LIVE VIDEO
“I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a five-hundred-pound marlin as much
as I like writing something that goes, ‘okay, after the bridge, it’s going to open up and just go wide.”
Indeed, “wide” is what Jeff Austin is all about. He wants new and different, complex and interesting. He wants
everything the music world has to offer, and he’s willing to work hard to get it.
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Steep Canyon Rangers & Jeff Austin Band featuring Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin
Friday, July 24, 2015
Doors Open 7:00 PM
Showtime 8:00 PM
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