With Out In The Open, the Steep Canyon Rangers latest release, the band affirms their place as one of the most versatile bands in contemporary American music. The Grammy® Award-winning sextet has spent nearly two decades bending and shaping the bluegrass aesthetic, wedding it to elements of pop, country, and folk rock to create something original.
Out In The Open is the Rangers bravest excursion thus far, transcending bluegrass while also getting closest to the genre’s true form thanks to three-time Grammy Award-winning producer Joe Henry’s traditional approach toward recording. The band soon discovered that their producer – along with engineer/mixer Jason Richmond – intended to record all six members singing and playing in a room with no overdubs. The organic process allowed SCR to work fast, tracking a dozen songs in just three-and-a-half days. Out In The Open is an undeniable milestone on the Rangers ongoing creative journey.
Since Steep Canyon Rangers came together in 2000, they have developed a remarkable catalog of original music that links them to the past while also demonstrating their ambitious intent to bring string-based music into contemporary relevance. As they approach their second decade, Steep Canyon Rangers are still moving forward, searching for new horizons and musical vistas.
The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters came together informally at the 1985 Fries fiddlers Convention and have since become well known and appreciated in traditional music circles. The name, The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, is a tribute to the original Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, a famous Galax-area band of the 1930s. The group has won the prestigious first place old-time band prize at the Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax eight different years. Eddie Bond, the band’s fiddler, is also a fine vocalist, and he knows many of the old mountain ballads that date back to previous generations.
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