Steep Canyon Rangers + Lakota John at Blue Ridge Music Center

Photo by Sandlin Gaither


Saturday, July 10, 2021 - 7:00pm


Blue Ridge Music Center
700 Foothills Road
milepost 213, Blue Ridge Parkway
Galax, VA 24333


Steep Canyon Rangers are Grammy winners, perennial Billboard chart-toppers, and frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin. 
In 2020, the group released two albums on Yep Roc Records. The North Carolina Songbook captures their live performance at MerleFest 2019, comprised entirely of songs written by North Carolina natives. Their other release, Be Still Moses, is a musical partnership bringing together Philadelphia soul legends Boyz II Men and the Asheville Symphony to overhaul the Rangers’ original song “Be Still Moses,” which was first recorded on their 2007 breakout album Lovin’ Pretty Women.
Opening: As a child, John Lakota Locklear (Lakota John) picked up his sister’s discarded guitar and began fooling around with it. Not long after, a local music teacher taught him his first three chords—G, C, and D—and he never looked back. He cites musical greats like Jimi Hendrix, Reverend Gary Davis, and Etta Baker as some of his main influences. Though John plays ragtime and blues, he still “represents native,” and speaks proudly of his Lumbee and Lakota Sioux ancestry. 

Adults $40, $20 for children 12 & younger


Since 2013, donors to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation have supported musical programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center.