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Steep Canyon Rangers

The Steep Canyon Rangers at DelFest 2009, Allegany County Fairgrounds, Maryland
Background information
Origin Asheville, North Carolina
Genres Bluegrass
Former members
Woody Platt
Graham Sharp
Mike Guggino
Charles R. Humphrey III
Nicky Sanders

The Steep Canyon Rangers are an American bluegrass band from Asheville, North Carolina.[1][2]

In 2008, the band received a nomination from International Bluegrass Music Association for "Album and Gospel Performance of the Year".[3]

The band were featured performers on the June 27, 2009 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, with the addition of Steve Martin on the banjo.

The quintet features:[3]

  • Woody Platt - guitar, lead vocals
  • Graham Sharp - banjo, harmony vocals
  • Mike Guggino - mandolin, harmony vocals
  • Charles R. Humphrey III - bass, harmony vocals
  • Nicky Sanders - fiddle, harmony vocals


With Steve Martin

Steve Martin played banjo along with the Steep Canyon Rangers on the June 27, 2009 broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, and continued playing with the band on selected dates as part of a U.S. tour with the Rangers in in the fall of 2009. Martin played with the band at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco, Carnegie Hall in New York.[4], and Benaroya Hall in Seattle[5] . Martin also travelled with the band to the UK, to perform on the critically acclaimed music show, Later with Jools Holland.[6][7]


Steve Martin Playing with the Steep Canyon Rangers in Seattle.
Year Album US Bluegrass Label
2001 Old Dreams and New Dreams Steep Canyon
2002 Mr. Taylor's New Home Bonfire
2004 The Steep Canyon Rangers Rebel
2005 One Dime at a Time 13
2007 Lovin' Pretty Women 5
2009 Deep in the Shade 3


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