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Steep Canyon Rangers - Live at the 16th Bluegrass Festival in Northern Ireland
About the artists
The Steep Canyon Rangers are a band of young souls who play old-time
bluegrass music. The quintet formed during the late '90s, when all of the
members were still enrolled at the University of North Carolina.
The impetus for forming the band came from a call for bluegrass entertainment
for a weekly shindig hosted by the Mellow Mushroom Restaurant in Chapel Hill.
For the band's debut, Old Dreams and New Dreams, Newgrass Revival's Curtis
Burch lent a hand as producer when the group recorded the album in Kentucky
in 2001. The Steep Canyon Rangers put together their next release, Mr. Taylor's
New Home, in a Chapel Hill studio operated by Jerry Brown. The 2002 release
features predominantly original material, plus a couple of bluegrass standards in
The Steep Canyon Rangers are Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hamilton on fiddle, Charles
Humphrey III on bass, guitarist Woody Platt, banjo player Graham Sharp, and
mandolinist Mike Guggino. Platt also provides lead vocals, while all of the other
band members also contribute some vocals.
The band has appeared with such artists as Doc Watson, Jimmy Martin, Peter
Rowan, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, IIIrd Tyme Out, Donna the Buffalo, and
Norman Blake. Festival appearances include the Doc Watson Festival,
Bluegrass Under the Elm, the Eno River Festival, and the Brushy Mountain
Jamboree, all in the band's home state; the Camp and Jam Bluegrass Festival
sponsored by WDVX, and the Boxcar Pinion Bluegrass Festival, both in
Tennessee; and the Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Colorado.
~ Linda Seida, All Music Guide