Grammy Awarded Steep Canyon Rangers bring their North Carolina bluegrass style to the stage of Alberta Bair Theater on Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
With their most recent album "Out in the Open," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart, Steep Canyon Rangers affirm 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.
Since Steep Canyon Rangers came together in 2000, they have developed a remarkable catalogue of original music that links them to the past while also demonstrating their ambitious intent to bring string-based music into contemporary relevance.
In July 2017, Steep Canyon Rangers arrived at Fidelitorium Recordings, an intimate studio facility built, owned, and operated by legendary producer Mitch Easter. 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 the Rangers to work fast, tracking a dozen songs in just three-and-a-half days. Steep Canyon Rangers are easily among the hardest working bands in any genre, pulling double duty on their own and as collaborators with Steve Martin.
"Out in the Open" is a milestone on the Rangers' ongoing creative journey. As they approach their second decade, Steep Canyon Rangers are still moving forward, searching for new horizons and musical vistas.
This performance is sponsored by Brigg’s Distributing, ABC6/Fox4, and The Wolf 98.5. Tickets, $40, $35, $29, and $19 for students with valid I.D., are available at the Alberta Bair Theater box office on the corner of 3rd Ave N and N Broadway, by phone at 406-256-6052 (box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 -5 and Saturday 10 - 3) and/or online at www.albertabairtheater.org. There is a group discount for single transactions of 10 or more tickets.