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SCR turns on "Radio"

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 – Steep Canyon Rangers will release "Radio" on Aug. 28 on Rounder Records.

Produced by Jerry Douglas, the Dobro master and member of Allison Krauss' Union Station, the disc will be the bluegrass band's ninth. SCR also is set for a heavy touring schedule.

The Steep Canyon Rangers are Woody Platt (guitar), Graham Sharp (banjo), Charles R. Humphrey III (bass), Mike Guggino (mandolin), Nicky Sanders (fiddle) and Mike Ashworth (box kit). The 12-song disc was recorded at Asheville, N.C.'s Echo Mountain Recording Studio.

Songs on the CD are:
1. Radio
2. Diamonds In The Dust
3. Simple Is Me
4. Blow Me Away
5. Blue Velvet Rain
6. Looking Glass
7. Down That Road Again
8. Break
9. Wasted
10. Long Summer
11. When The Well Runs Dry
12. Monumental Fool

"Radio" follows the 2013 release, "Tell The Ones I Love." Their 2012 release, "Nobody Knows You," won the Grammy Award for "Best Bluegrass Album." The band has also been nominated for and won multiple awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, including Entertainers of the Year in 2011 for their work with Steve Martin.

Tour dates are:
June 18 - Arvada, CO - Arvada Center
June 20 - Telluride, CO - Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 20 - Telluride, CO - Sheridan Opera House
June 27 - Rochester, NY - Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater
June 28 - Earlville, NY - Earlville Opera House
June 30 - Brevard, NC - Brevard Music Center$
July 3 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
July 10 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre+
July 11 - Thackerville, OK - WinStar World Casino+
July 16 - Boothbay Harbor, ME - The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
July 17 - Junction, VT - Freight House Hall
July 18 - Oak Hill, NY - Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
July 23 - Cockeysville, MD - Oregon Ridge Park
July 24 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak
July 25 - Lewisburg, WV - Lewisburg Music Festival
July 26 - Calgary, Alberta - Calgary Folk Festival
July 27 - Lyons, CO - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
July 28 - Boulder, CO - eTown Hall
July 29 - Vail, CO - Vail Summer Bluegrass Series
July 30 - Ridgway, CO - Ridgway Town Park
July 31 - Pueblo, CO - Runyon Theater
Aug.1 - Keystone, CO - Keystone Bluegrass & Beer Festival
Aug.19 - Livermore, CA - Wente Vineyards*
Aug.20 - Rohnert Park, CA - Sonoma State University*
Aug.26 - Nashville, TN - City Winery
Aug.29 - Galax, VA - The Blue Ridge Music Center
Sept. 4 - St. Paul, MN - A Prairie Home Companion
Sept. 17 - Ottawa, Ontario - CityFolk
Sept. 20 - Flagstaff, AZ - Pickin' in the Pines
Sept. 24 - Morehead City, NC - The Morehead Center
Sept. 25 - Manteo, NC - Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 26 - Charleston, SC - The North Charleston Performance Arts Center#
Sept. 27 - Doswell, VA - State Fair of Virginia
Oct. 2 - Raleigh, NC - Wide Open Bluegrass
Oct. 12 - New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
Oct. 15 - Florence, SC - Uptown Ballroom at the Florence Civic Center
Oct. 16-17 - Live Oak, FL - Magnolia Music Festival
Oct. 23-24 - Washington, DC - Kennedy Center Concert Hall*
Oct. 28 - Boone, NC - Legends (Appalachian State)
Oct. 29 - Winston-Salem, NC - Ziggy's
Nov. 7 - Kingston, RI - University of Rhode Island
Dec. 4-5 - Charlotte, NC - The Neighborhood Theatre
Dec. 12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Memorial Hall - UNC

* appearing with Steve Martin
$ appearing with the Brevard Symphonia
+ appearing with Steve Martin and Martin Short
# appearing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra

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