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Steep Canyon Rangers plan new CD

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – The Steep Canyon Rangers announced the April 10 release of their Rounder Records solo band debut album, "Nobody Knows You."

With this fifth album, the band releases their first disc since 2009's "Deep in the Shade." They put out several discs with Steve Martin, with whom they have toured. Their other four band releases were on Rebel.

"The Steep Canyon Rangers, with whom I have had the great pleasure of touring and have shared the wonderful honor of IBMA's Entertainer of the Year Award," said Martin, "are not only great musicians who continue to explore both the new and old styles of bluegrass and bring a fresh energy to the traditions of American music, but they are also really fun on a bus."

The North Carolina quintet consists of Mike Guggino (mandolin/vocals), Charles Humphrey III (bass/vocals), Woody Platt (guitar/lead vocals), Nicky Sanders (fiddle/vocals) and Graham Sharp (banjo/vocals). The disc was co-produced by the band and Gary Paczosa.

"We've made enough records by now that if we can't just follow what we want to do," said Sharp, who wrote seven of the dozen songs, "then what's the point of us doing it?"

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