Steep Canyon Rangers and The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters are coming to the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday July 14 at 7 p.m.!
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.
In their 30 years together, The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters have earned the top old-time band prize at the Galax Old Fiddler's Convention eight times. The band plays in the traditional Appalachian string-band style, often playing for square dances around the region. Eddie Bond, the band’s fiddler, is also a fine vocalist, and he knows many of the old mountain ballads that date back generations. Rounding out the group are Dennis Hall (guitar, vocals), John Ellis (banjo), Carolyn Beverly (mandolin), and Bonnie Bond (bass, vocals).