Steep Canyon Rangers at Boothbay Harbor Opera House

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What does North Carolina sound like? In a state that’s also produced Doc Watson, James Taylor and the Avett Brothers, there’s hardly a more well-rounded answer than the Steep Canyon Rangers. On Friday, July 28 this Grammy winning string band comes to Boothbay Harbor to perform at the Opera House.

A bluegrass band at their core, the Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. They’re as danceable as the most progressive, party-oriented string band, and equally comfortable translating their songs for accompaniment by a full symphony.

It’s that mix of serious chops and good-natured fun that earned the Steep Canyon Rangers the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album Grammy in 2013 (for Nobody Knows You), and that drew celebrated comedian/banjoist Steve Martin to them when he needed a backing band. The Rangers are world-class musicians who are just as at home taking the stage at Carnegie Hall as they are knee- deep in a mountain brook, fly rod in hand.

Fifteen years and nine studio albums since forming in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the sextet—who resides in the western N.C. mountains of Brevard and Asheville—returned to their roots at Echo Mountain Recording for their staggering new collection, RADIO. Recorded over 3 four-day sessions as the deep, snowy winter of 2015 held fast in the Blue Ridge, the band took full advantage of producer Jerry Douglas, who contributed his distinctive Dobro playing throughout the album. To hear selections from Radio, as well as the band’s vast bluegrass collection, come to the concert on July 28.

Tickets are available through the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Avenue,  by calling 633-5159, and  online Advance purchase/$30; day of the show/$35. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m. and the Steep Canyon Rangers go on stage at 7:30. The performance is possible with thanks to generous sponsorship support from the Carl Larrabee Agency of Wiscasset. 

Event Date: 
Fri, 07/28/2017 - 7:30pm
86 Townsend Avenue
Boothbay Harbor  Maine  04538