Steep Canyon Rangers

“[Steep Canyon Rangers] stand at the highest peak of the bluegrass vanguard.” – Elmore Magazine

What does North Carolina sound like? In a state that produced Doc Watson, James Taylor and the Avett Brothers there’s hardly a more well-rounded answer than the Steep Canyon Rangers. A bluegrass band at their core, they effortlessly walk the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. Their mix of serious chops and good-natured fun earned them the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and drew comedian/banjoist Steve Martin to them when he needed a backing band. Fifteen years and nine studio albums since forming in Chapel Hill, the sextet returned to their roots at Echo Mountain Recording with producer/dobro player Jerry Douglas for their most recent collection, RADIO.

The Steep Canyon Rangers are joined on this program by a group of UNC student bluegrass musicians in celebration of the launch of the UNC Music Department’s Bluegrass Initiative. Launched in 2016, this initiative combines new course offerings and ensembles with symposia and concerts to bring our students and academic community both performance experiences and scholarly research opportunities within this rich musical practice and tradition. The Bluegrass Initiative is made possible through the generous support of alumnus John A. Powell ’77.

>>>Join us @ 7:00pm on the Memorial Hall patio for live music by the Major Sevens + tasty treats from Bam Pow Chow.

Concerts in Context: A Pre-Concert Lecture Series

Friday, November 11 at 7:00PM
Gerrard Hall

Join Jocelyn Neal, Associate Chair of the Department of Music, and W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Chair of the Department of History, for a lecture that serves as a part of the Carolina Bluegrass Summit.


The Charles Goren and Hazen Family Foundation, Tom and Lisa Hazen, Trustees