Cat's Cradle and The NCMA Present

Steep Canyon Rangers

Amythyst Kiah

Friday, August 18
Doors: 6pm : Show: 7:30pm
Tickets start at $27 for Members, $30 for Non-Members

About Steep Canyon Rangers

The Rangers are made up of Graham Sharp on banjo and vocals, Mike Guggino on mandolin/mandola and vocals, Nicky Sanders on fiddle and vocals, Mike Ashworth on drums and vocals, Barrett Smith on bass, guitar, and vocals, and Aaron Burdett on guitar and vocals.

The band has been on a journey that is uniquely their own. They started in college at UNC–Chapel Hill, then dove headfirst into bluegrass in its most traditional form. Over the years they rose to the top of the bluegrass genre, headlining top festivals such as Merlefest and Grey Fox Bluegrass.

The Rangers were then discovered by Steve Martin, famous actor and banjo player, who took the band on a decade-long tour. He introduced them to hundreds of thousands of new fans and gave them prime time TV exposure. This helped SCR become the most recognizable modern name in bluegrass music.

The band has continued to tour extensively on their own and has expanded into country, jam, and Americana. The Rangers are big players in the bluegrass/country and Americana scene today. They are often compared to predecessors The Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the modern Zac Brown Band.

About Amythyst Kiah

Amythyst Kiah’s Rounder Records debut, Wary + Strange, marks the glorious combination of two vastly different worlds: the iconoclastic alt-rock that first sparked her musical passion and the roots/old-time music scene where she’s found breakout success in recent years, including recognition from Rolling Stone as “one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets.” With an unforgettable voice that’s both unfettered and exquisitely controlled, the Tennessee-bred singer/songwriter who identifies as an LGBT woman expands on the uncompromising artistry she most recently revealed as part of Our Native Daughters—an all-women-of-color supergroup. Their Kiah-penned standout “Black Myself” earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the 2019 Folk Alliance International Awards. In her graceful interlacing of political commentary and personal revelation, Kiah infuses “Black Myself” with a potent vulnerability that builds and deepens all throughout Wary + Strange. The transcendent quality of her newly elevated sound is an extraordinary vessel for Kiah’s songwriting: a raw yet nuanced examination of grief, alienation, and the hard-won triumph of total self-acceptance.

Musician Photo and Recording Policy
No flash or professional photography allowed. No video or audio recording of any kind allowed.

No smoking allowed inside venue gates.

Do you or a family member need a general accommodation for your visit? Contact the visitor experience team at [email protected].

This concert includes American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation.

Please note: This accommodation requires advance booking notice. If ASL interpretation is not requested at the time of purchase, interpreters will not be present on-site during the concert. If you have specific questions regarding ASL interpretation, contact Molly Hull, [email protected].

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