Steep Canyon Rangers Finds Fame as Steve Martin’s Bluegrass Band

Harrisburg, Mt Holly Springs – When comedian, actor, author and bluegrass enthusiast Steve Martin wanted to record a CD of original compositions for the banjo, he chose the likes of Vince Gill, Dolly Parton and Earl Scruggs to accompany him into the studio. When he wanted to takes his show on the road, he chose The Steep Canyon Rangers.

“We first met Steve in my hometown Brevard, North Carolina where his family vacations” said Woody Platt, guitarist and lead vocalist for the group “and Steve being the banjo playing and us having the band, we decided to play a couple of pick-up dates here and there. The combination just really clicked.” In the past two years Steve Martin has done over 60 shows with the group and they plan on an equally ambitious touring schedule next year.

When The Steep Canyon Rangers isn’t touring with Steve Martin, they can be found performing at bluegrass festivals, concert series and even Rock & Roll venues. “We’ve always been willing to play at places that are not traditionally bluegrass venues” says Platt. “Blue grass has the unique ability to really cross generations. We have fans that are very old and we have fans that are very young.” In the ten years that they have been together the group has been nominated for two International Bluegrass Music awards and has played at major Bluegrass festivals such as MerleFest, Telluride and DelFest.

The Steep Canyon Rangers will make two stops in central Pennsylvania in December;  at the Appalachian Brewery’s Abby Bar in Harrisburg on the 10th, and at the Holly Inn in Mt. Holly Springs on the 12th. Audience members can expect to hear exceptional banjo, mandolin and fiddle playing, three and four part harmony, and a repertoire rooted in the bluegrass tradition. “There’s always some humor and we put a lot of energy into our show” says Platt “We usually have a pretty fun time.”

 To find out more about The Steep Canyon Rangers visit their website at

Concert Details:

The Steep Canyon Rangers perform at The Appalachian Brewery located at 50 N. Cameron Street in Harrisburg on Friday, December 10 at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets and information at .They also perform at The Holly Inn located at 31 S. Baltimore Avenue in Mt. Holly Springs on Sunday, December 12 at 3 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Tickets and information at


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