Home > News

Bartlesville in the News


Grammy Award-Winning Steep Canyon Rangers Joins OKM Festival

Posted: May 29, 2019

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (May 29, 2019) — The Steep Canyon Rangers have been pushing the limits of bluegrass since their start in 2000. This Grammy Award-winning sextet has shaped the genre by including elements of pop, country, fold rock, and more, and the result is an original sound all their own.

Known for their work with actor and banjo extraordinaire Steve Martin, this group has seen airtime on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, and they have been collaborating with Americana’s most distinctive producers. Their most recent album Out in the Open showcases their talent through recordings that are completely live. 

“What you lose in perfection,” lead vocalist and guitarist Woody Platt said, “you gain in energy and authenticity.”

That authentic sound was difficult to capture, but the results are undeniable. Though simply recorded, Out in the Open is richly textured and fully etched, and the exceptional musicianship enabled them to capture the album’s power and emotion in real time.

In total, the Steep Canyon Rangers have produced 9 solo albums in addition to 2 collaborative albums with Steve Martin. Their album Nobody Knows You won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, and their previous album, Rare Bird Alert, was nominated for the same award.

Tracing their humble beginnings back to a small North Carolina town, the Steep Canyon Rangers have affirmed their place as one of the most versatile bands in American music.

To catch their stunning live performance, visit the Bartlesville Community Center on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Located in Bartlesville, Okla., OKM Music is celebrating its 35th anniversary from June 8 – 15, with a ride range of genres that will appeal to many. Festival artists include Phil Vassar, The Gothard Sisters, Arielle, Martín-Melitón Piano Duo, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Jenny Lin, Quartetto Gelato, Dallas Brass and Cuarteto Latino-Americano. The festival will also welcome local artists: Anne Reburn, Isaac McClung, The Arcadian Wild, Brent Giddens Band and the Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra (M.O.J.O). Concert prices range from $15 to $55 for general-admission tickets and $50 to $75 for VIP tickets with various perks for concert-goers. There are also student and senior discounts for most performances. Tickets are available at bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com or 918-337-2787.

Grammy Award-Winning Steep Canyon Rangers Joins OKM Festival News Photo - Bartlesville, Oklahoma