Reigning “Bluegrass Album of the Year” Grammy Award winners and the 2011 IBMA Entertainers of the Year, North Carolina’s own Steep Canyon Rangers, will host IBMA’s 24th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Sept. 26 at Raleigh, NC’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Known as bluegrass music’s biggest night of the year, the International Bluegrass Music Awards acknowledges the year’s outstanding talent and achievements, honors new Hall of Fame inductees, and waves the worldwide flag for bluegrass music.
“It is quite an honor for Steep Canyon Rangers to be hosting the International Bluegrass Music Awards this year,” said Steep Canyon Ranger’s guitar player and vocalist Woody Platt. “We are a North Carolina-based band and we are excited to see the event take place in Raleigh. We hope to do our part to help make the event successful."
The Steep Canyon Rangers are Platt, Mike Guggino (mandolin), Charles Humphrey III (bass), Nicky Sanders (fiddle) and Graham Sharp (banjo). The group first formed during their college days at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ten years later, the band has only deepened their commitment to roots music performing with fierce instrumental prowess, but also providing deeply moving songwriting and harmonies, infusing traditional bluegrass with contemporary themes and arrangements.