When it comes to bluegrass, few acts can seamlessly merge old-timey instrumentation and soaring harmonies with modern sensibilities like the Steep Canyon Rangers. Though the devilishly talented sextet rose to prominence thanks in part to its affiliation with actor and comedian Steve Martin, these days the Steeps are widely known for fearlessly setting the vanguard for what bluegrass should be in modern times. Join them at the Earlville Opera House on Sunday, June 28th at 8pm.
Since setting the music world ablaze with 2011’s Rare Bird Alert, the Rangers have played A Prairie Home Companion, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, and Carnegie Hall. They netted the International Bluegrass Association’s award for Entertainer of the Year (in 2011, with Steve Martin), and even a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, for 2012’s Nobody Knows You. Their 2011 collaboration with Martin was nominated for the same award.
The band releases their upcoming new album “Radio” in August. They are releasing the title track now in a premiere on Speakeasy. Link to preview it at Radio by Steeps. “Led by bright fiddle and tight, interlocking harmony vocals, the track is a wide-eyed tribute to the magic of discovering music over the airwaves, with sly references to other songs salted into the lyrics.”
“Though the tune is steeped in the bluegrass that has made the sextet an in-demand live draw, banjo player and singer Sharp says the album has a wider range. “‘Radio’ travels the dial from top to bottom,” he says “The album tunes into the rock channel for a little while, then the blues, then country, pop and, of course, bluegrass.”
Produced by Jerry Douglas, “Radio” is the band’s ninth studio album and the follow-up to the Steep Canyon Rangers’ 2013 release “Tell the Ones I Love.” Wall Street Journal
The Steeps: Woody Platt – Guitar, Lead Vocals; Mike Guggino – Mandolin, Vocals; Charles Humphrey – Bass, Vocals; Graham Sharp – Banjo, Vocals; Nicky Sanders – Fiddle, Vocals and Michael Ashworth – Percussion
Their latest project, released in March of this year, is the single Test of Time, featuring both Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. All proceeds from Test of Time will benefit the CAN’d Aid Foundation.
Join us for an evening with these exciting and virtuosic players on Sunday, June 28th, at 8pm. Admission is $35 for nonmembers, $33 for members, and students are discounted to $30. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit the Earlville Galleries and our Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and tea.
For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.
EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.
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