I've been a fan of the Steep Canyon Rangers ever since I saw them as part of a package bluegrass show at the Tennessee Theatre a few years back. They were one of the first bands of the night and their tight set and beautiful harmonies set an embarrasingly high standard for the more famous veteran pickers that followed.
In the past few years, the Steep Canyon Rangers have emerged as leaders in acoustic music's newest generation. They've become regulars players on the festival circuit while all three of their albums have garnered critical acclaim. They're on tour now, so get thee to a Steep Canyon show when they roll into your town.
For the East Tennesseeans out there, tonight would make a perfect night to catch the Steep Canyon Rangers, as they are playing the historic Laurel Theater in the Fort Sanders neighborhood. Put a jug of your second-best wine in a paper bag (yes, that's allowed), head on down to the Laurel and just sit back and enjoy the Steep Canyon Rangers. That right there's a mighty fine way to spend a Friday evening.
See you there.
Update: And a fine show it was: