The Grammy-winning Bluegrass group Steep Canyon Rangers are coming to the Lyric Theatre In Stuart this Thursday. Bluegrass is a musical genre of American roots music that developed in the 1940s in the United States Appalachian region. The genre derives its name from the band Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys.
When: Thursday, May 2, at 7:00pm
Where: The Lyric Theatre - 59 S.W. Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994.
Steep Canyon Rangers
It’s bluegrass as you haven’t heard it before. Since a group of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill started Steep Canyon Rangers in 2000, the group has been expanding and redefining the parameters of bluegrass. The genre-defying band has brought elements of pop, country, folk and folk rock to music that is very much their own. In 2013, the group won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass album for their solo work, Nobody Knows You.
The band consists of Woody Platt on acoustic guitar and lead vocals; Graham Sharp on banjo and harmony vocals; Mike Guggino on mandolin and harmony vocals; Nicky Sanders on fiddle and vocals; Mike Ashworth on box kit, cajon and vocals; and Barrett Smith on upright bass. They began performing in festivals and recording. Their fame has spread since 2009, when they began collaborating with actor, comedian and banjo player Steve Martin, and their 2012 album with Martin, Rare Bird Alert, featuring guest appearances by Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks, was nominated for a Grammy. On July 4, 2011, Steep Canyon Rangers joined with Steve Martin for “A Capitol Fourth” on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. That same year, the group and Martin were jointly named Entertainers of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. In 2017, the group and Martin, with Edie Brickell, recorded The Long Awaited Album and joined Martin and Brickell on tour.
A hallmark of Steep Canyon Rangers has been their ability to produce two distinct bodies of work, with Martin and on their own. They tour 150 dates a year and are considered one of the hardest working bands around. They have worked with a wide range of producers who have brought something new to the table each time the group steps into a studio. In 2017, they arrive at Fidelitorium Recordings in Kernersville, N.C., a facility owned by Mitch Easter, producer for R.E.M, among others. They were surprised to discover the plans their producer, three-time Grammy-winner Joe Henry, had for them. They were going to record Out in the Open in classic fashion, with all six members singing and playing in a room with no overdubs. In an interview, Platt admitted that they were nervous.
The Lyric Theatre
The Lyric Theatre is an historic theater located at 59 South West Flagler Avenue near Confusion Corner in Stuart, Florida. The building fronts on its north side on South West Osceola Street. Built to serve as a movie house, it is now used primarily as a stage and music venue.