From Asheville, NC, Steep Canyon Rangers are an acoustic Bluegrass quintet. Before embarking on a world tour backing comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, the Rangers were nominated for 2 International Bluegrass Music awards in 2008 (including Album of the Year, "Lovin' Pretty Women). The Rangers were also named 'Emerging Artist of the Year' in 2006 at the IBMA awards ceremony in Nashville, TN. The group performs heavily on the Bluegrass and Americana music circuit including festivals like MerleFest, Telluride, Grey Fox, DelFest and RockyGrass. Abroad, Steep Canyon Rangers have performed shows and festivals in Sweden, Ireland, England, Germany, Switzerland and Canada.