Steep Canyon Rangers with Betty and the Boy
On Sunday, April 7, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and KRVM proudly welcome the Grammy Award winning Steep Canyon Rangers to the WOW Hall along with Eugene’s own Betty and the Boy.
Steep Canyon Rangers recently won a Grammy Award for "Best Bluegrass Album" of 2012. The quintet (Mike Guggino - mandolin/vocals, Charles Humphrey III - bass/vocals, Woody Platt - guitar/lead vocals, Nicky Sanders - fiddle/vocals and Graham Sharp - banjo/vocals) backed Steve Martin at the Cuthbert Amphitheater last July 25.
On their debut Rounder Records album Nobody Knows You, the Steep Canyon Rangers push the boundaries of bluegrass, making it accessible to both traditional and progressive fans of the genre. The band’s critically acclaimed 2010 album Deep In The Shade remained on Billboard’s Bluegrass Top 10 for 18 weeks.
The Rangers also received a Grammy nomination for their 2011 collaboration with Steve Martin. Rare Bird Alert, featuring special guest vocals from Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and at No. 43 on the Billboard Top 200.
These personable young musicians are, as Martin puts it, "not only great musicians who continue to explore both the new and old styles of bluegrass and bring a fresh energy to the traditions of American music, but they are also really fun on a bus."
This highly engaging band continues to reach old and new fans with the release of their first official video from Nobody Knows You -- the upbeat, foot-stomping single “Long Shot”. Filmed in their hometown of Brevard, N.C., "Long Shot" was featured on CMT’s Pure 12-Pack Countdown.
While contributing key performances at festivals such as MerleFest and Bonnaroo alongside Steve Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers also perform sans Martin as a quintet on stages such as Telluride, RockyGrass and on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Recent national and international television appearances by the band with Steve Martin include The View, Late Show With David Letterman, The Colbert Report, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Austin City Limits and Later With Jools Holland.
The Steep Canyon Rangers will continue rigorously touring as a quintet and with Steve Martin throughout 2013. Upcoming festival appearances include Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Graves Mountain Bluegrass Festival and Mountain Song at Sea Festival.
BETTY AND THE BOY
Betty and the Boy defy simple categorization. Though the quintet’s string-laden melodies occasionally anchor them in the territories of folk, bluegrass, or minimalist rock, they’re more at home in the cracks in-between. It’s from these deeper, often darker, places where Betty Jaeger’s voice reaches up, takes you by the hand, and invites you along for the ride – a difficult offer to refuse.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.