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It is still a bit of a rarity to see a bluegrass band made up of players aged 20s to 30s who are committed to preserving the traditional sounds of the first generation of bluegrass founders, while still striking out for their own sound with a repertoire of predominately original songs. "Lovin' Pretty Women," the third Rebel Records release by the Steep Canyon Rangers, shows that such a band can thrive in bluegrass. "We kind of came into it backwards as far as a traditional sense," say  ...
Taking a breather from the band's seemingly never-ending tour at his North Carolina home, while awaiting guests to arrive, Woody Platt - lead singer and guitarist for the bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers - emits a sense of exuberance and for good reason. His band hit the festival circuit this past summer and continued turning heads with their fresh and innovative high mountain music. Platt also is grinning because during the band's first gig north of the border recently in British  ...
Geography and bluegrass have always been closely related, from the moment that Bill Monroe decided to call his new band the Blue Grass Boys, in honor of his Kentucky homeland and roots. And the Stanley Brothers, of course, actually were from Clinch Mountain, but even some high-profile band names have been drawn from places that don't actually exist. The Johnson Mountain Boys didn't rely on any maps in choosing their name, and even Jimmy Martin's legendary Sunny Mountain Boys are named more for a state of mind than an actual place.  ...

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