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Steep Canyon Rangers at Station Inn

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The Steep Canyon Rangers have traveled an auspicious road for a bluegrass band made up of players who didn’t first serve apprenticeships with well-known veterans. They started out as jamming college buddies at UNC and, just over half a decade later, got themselves named IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year … which wasn’t the end of the story. Last year’s mighty solid Deep in the Shade made bluegrass charts and year-end lists on the strength of the original material and tasteful playing. But the Rangers’ game-changer was being tapped to back Steve Martin on tour last year. Not that they could never have made it onto The Late Show with David Letterman or The View on their own, but backing a guy who — in addition to being a capable banjo player and wry frontman — is one of the world’s better-known comic actors couldn’t have hurt. Good for them.
Sat., March 6, 9 p.m., 2010

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