DateSaturday, August 6, 2022 - 7:00pm
The Steep Canyon Rangers are Grammy winners, perennial Billboard chart-toppers, and frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin. The band started in college at UNC-Chapel Hill, then dove head first into bluegrass in its most traditional form. The band has expanded their genres into country and Americana. They are often compared to predecessors The Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the modern Zac Brown Band.
Steep Canyon Rangers released two albums in 2020 on Yep Roc Records. The Grammy-nominated North Carolina Songbook is a recording of their 2019 performance at MerleFest, in which they performed a selection of songs by the state’s songwriters (Ola Belle Reed, Doc Watson, James Taylor, Ben E. King, and others). The studio album Be Still Moses paired the band with Philadelphia soul legends Boyz II Men and the Asheville Symphony to overhaul their song “Be Still Moses.” The album includes re-imagined versions of Steep Canyon Rangers’ previously released original songs performed with an orchestra. Their most recent release of all original music, Arm in Arm, came out in October 2020.
Concerts are hosted in the outdoor amphitheater. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and younger. Food is available for purchase from Galax Smokehouse during the show.
Since 2013, donors to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation have supported musical programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center.