With OUT IN THE OPEN (Ramseur Records) Steep Canyon Rangers affirm their place as one of the most versatile and idiosyncratic bands in all of contemporary American music. The GRAMMY® Award-winning, North Carolina-based sextet has spent nearly two decades bending and shaping the bluegrass aesthetic, wedding it to elements of pop, country, folk rock, and more to create something original and all their own. OUT IN THE OPEN is perhaps Steep Canyon Rangers’ bravest excursion thus far, transcending bluegrass while in many ways getting closest to the genre’s true form thanks to producer Joe Henry’s very traditional approach toward recording.
Steep Canyon Rangers have been expanding the parameters of bluegrass since coming together in 2000. Since then, the band has developed a remarkable catalogue of original music – predominantly co-written by Sharp and bassist Charles R. Humphrey III – that links them to the past while at the same time, demonstrates their ambitious intent to bring string-based music into contemporary relevance.
With that goal in mind, Steep Canyon Rangers have in recent years begun collaborating with some of Americana’s most distinctive producers, working with top studio hands like Larry Campbell (2013’s TELL THE ONES I LOVE) and Jerry Douglas (2015’s RADIO) to take newfangled routes in crafting their ever-evolving approach. OUT IN THE OPEN sees the band teaming up with Joe Henry, an accomplished singer-songwriter as well as a 3x GRAMMY® Award-winning producer (Solomon Burke, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Carolina Chocolate Drops) with a particular affinity for American roots music.
In July 2017, Steep Canyon Rangers arrived at Fidelitorium Recordings in Kernersville, NC, an intimate studio facility built, owned, and operated by legendary producer Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Let’s Active). Having not previously discussed Henry’s plans, the band was surprised to discover that their producer – with the invaluable help of engineer/mixer Jason Richmond – intended to record in classic fashion, with all six members singing and playing in a room with no overdubs. Though Steep Canyon Rangers had some trepidation, they promptly rose to the challenge.
In addition to the highly anticipated release of OUT IN THE OPEN, 2018 will also see Steep Canyon Rangers uniting with their local Asheville Symphony for a series of unprecedented live performances and the recording of yet another new album, once again pushing their increasingly distinctive music into unexpected terrain.
OUT IN THE OPEN is an undeniable milestone on Steep Canyon Rangers’ ongoing creative journey, its spirited, eclectic approach recasting the myriad sounds of string-based American music in their own unique image. As they fast approach their second decade, Steep Canyon Rangers are still moving forward, as ever searching for new horizons and musical vistas.
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Farmers And Pharaohs
Let Me Out Of This Town
Out In The Open
Can’t Get Home
When She Was Mine
Best Of Me
Let Me Die In My Footsteps
The Speed We’re Traveling
November 16 – Newberry, SC @ Newberry Opera House
November 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
November 18 – Florence, SC @ Francis Marion Univ PAC
December 1 – Roanoke, VA @ Jefferson Center, Shaftman Performance Hall
December 2 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
December 7 – Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head on Stage
December 8 – York, PA @ Capitol Theatre at Appell Center for the Performing Arts
December 15 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Casino*
December 16 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center*
January 12-13 – Chapel Hill, NC @ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
January 18 – Fort Myers, FL @ Suncoast Arena*
January 19 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theatre*
January 21 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theater*
January 27 – Asheville, NC @ Explore Asheville Arena
February 1 – Knoxville, TN @ the Bijou Theatre
February 2 – Newark, OH @ Historic Midland Theatre
February 3 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
February 8 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall
February 9 – Chattanooga, TN @ Walker Theatre
February 10 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Reynolds Auditorium
February 23-24 – Greenville, SC @ Peace Center*
February 25 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center*
March 1 – Billings, MT @ Alberta Bair Theater
March 2 – Bozeman, MT @ the Ellen Theatre
March 3 – Spokane, WA @ Fox Theater
March 4 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
March 14 – St. Louis, MO @ The Sheldon – Concert Hall
March 15 – Saint Joseph, MO @ Missouri Theater
March 16 – Jonesboro, AR @ Fowler Center
March 17 – Dayton, OH @ Victoria Theatre
March 22 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theater
March 23 – Gainesville, FL @ University of Florida
March 24 – Clearwater, FL @ Capital Theatre
March 25 – Naples, FL @ Artis Naples
April 6-8 – Squaw Valley, CA @ WinterWonderGrass Festival
April 19 – Washington, DC @ the Hamilton
April 21 – Orono, ME @ Collins Center for the Arts
April 27 – Richmond, VA @ Maudlin Center for the Arts
*w/ Steve Martin and Martin Short