Steep Canyon Rangers accept Grammy

Image634961670175287908The Steep Canyon Rangers accepted their win at the Grammy's last night for the Best Bluegrass Album - NOBODY KNOWS YOU.
Video courtesy of April Grist

This is the band’s first GRAMMY win and second nomination. They were nominated in the same category at the 2012 ceremony for their album Rare Bird Alert, a collaboration with comedy icon Steve Martin.

Image634961749304383833Nobody Knows You, released April 10, 2012, is the seventh album from the North Carolina-based group and their Rounder Records debut. Met with critical and commercial acclaim, Nobody Knows You - co-produced by 9-time GRAMMY winner Gary Paczosa - is fueled by deft musicianship, original songwriting, distinctive vocals and creative arrangements that eschew all formulas.

The band’s GRAMMY win comes less than a week after they disembarked from their inaugural floating bluegrass festival, Mountain Song at Sea. Featuring performances from groups such as Punch Brothers, The Del McCoury Band and David Grisman Sextet, the Mountain Song at Sea Bluegrass cruise brings the group’s annual Mountain Song Festival to the high seas.

Coming off their GRAMMY win the band will continue touring extensively, including stops at MerleFest and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. They will also be performing multiple shows with Steve Martin, joined on select dates by singer/songwriter Edie Brickell, including appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman (April 23), The View (April 24) and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (May 6).

Image634961749854015271SCR will begin recording their next album at Levon Helm Studios in late February with Larry Campbell producing. Campbell is a three-time GRAMMY award-winning producer and currently serves as musical director for the Levon Helm Midnight Ramble concerts. He has produced for artists such as Helm, Bob Dylan, B.B. King and Sheryl Crow, as well as toured as a multi-instrumentalist with Helm, Dylan and Buddy Miller.

The Steep Canyon Rangers are Mike Guggino (mandolin), Charles Humphrey III (bass), Woody Platt (guitar), Nicky Sanders (fiddle) and Graham Sharp (banjo). The group first formed during their college days at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ten years later, the band has only deepened their commitment to roots music performing with fierce instrumental prowess, but also providing deeply moving songwriting and harmonies, infusing traditional bluegrass with contemporary themes and arrangements.

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