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Steep Canyon RangersBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is proud to present the Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, live in Bristol, at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Friday, August 28, 2015. The concert is in celebration of the band’s much-anticipated new album Radio and is part of the festivities surrounding the launch of WBCM Radio Bristol.

Banjo player and singer Graham Sharp believes the album has a wider range of music than previous albums.

“Radio travels the dial from top to bottom,” said Sharp. “The album tunes into the rock channel for a little while, then the blues, then country, pop and, of course, bluegrass.”

Produced by Jerry Douglas, Radio is the band’s ninth studio album and the follow-up to the Steep Canyon Rangers’ 2013 release Tell the Ones I Love. The album comprises 12 all-original bluegrass/ Americana tracks including a few co-writes with fellow musicians from the folk world such as Phil Barker of the Carolina bluegrass band Town Mountain.

The album’s title track "Radio" premiered on The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog with the following review: “Led by bright fiddle and tight, interlocking harmony vocals, the track is a wide-eyed tribute to the magic of discovering music over the airwaves, with sly references to other songs salted into the lyrics."

General admission tickets are available at the Paramount box office for $25.00 and VIP Tickets are available for $50.00. VIP tickets will include one (1) ticket to the show, a signed copy of the Radio album, and a special VIP Meet and Greet party at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum following the show. Show ticket must be presented at the museum to enter the special VIP Meet and Greet.

“The Birthplace of Country Music is honored to host the Steep Canyon Rangers on the day of their album launch,” said Leah Ross, Executive Director of the Birthplace of Country Music. “This event highlights the Steep Canyon Rangers authentic music and allows us to share their music with our region and world-wide. The VIP Meet and Greet is a chance for fans to engage with the band and also receive a signed copy of the album.”

The Steep Canyon Rangers recently appeared with Steve Martin, and a host of renowned recording artists, on Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited. The compilation features spoken word commentary by Grand Ole Opry host Eddie Stubbs and includes 1927 Bristol Sessions tracks re-imagined by a star-studded assortment of artists including Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Marty Stuart, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Keb’ Mo’, and many others.

From Asheville, North Carolina, Steep Canyon Rangers are an acoustic bluegrass group. In 2013, the band's eighth record Nobody Knows You won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. Before embarking on a world tour backing comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, the Rangers were also nominated for two International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) including Album of the Year for "Lovin' Pretty Women" (2007). Steep Canyon Rangers were also named Emerging Artist of the Year in 2006 at the IBMA awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. The group performs heavily in the bluegrass and Americana music world at festivals like Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, MerleFest, Telluride, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Grey Fox, DelFest and RockyGrass. Abroad, Steep Canyon Rangers have performed in Sweden, Ireland, England, Germany, Switzerland, and Canada. For more information visit www.SteepCanyon.com.

The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) was established to preserve and promote the rich music heritage of our region. In 1998, the US Congress passed a bill that officially recognized Bristol as the Birthplace of Country Music. Through the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and its mission, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, WBCM Radio Bristol, and a multitude of community and educational outreach programs, BCM’s vision is to promote Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia as the Birthplace of Country Music. For more information about the Birthplace of Country Music visit www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org or call 423-573-1927.

For more information and tickets, visit www.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org.

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