Steep Canyon Rangers/Sleepy Man Banjo Boys (#1705)

North Carolina bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers and the young picking stars Sleep Man Banjo Boys perform at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville.

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The banjo takes centerstage in performances by Steep Canyon Rangers and the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys recorded live at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville.

The Steep Canyon Rangers are an American bluegrass band from Brevard, North Carolina, and this year their album Nobody Knows You won a Grammy for best bluegrass album. It was also named IBMA Bluegrass Album of the Year in 2012.

In 2007 Steep Canyon Rangers were named IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year. In 2011, the band released its first collaborative album with Steve Martin, and over the past few years, the band has headlined popular festivals like MerleFest and Bonnaroo alongside Martin, and they’ve appeared with him on “Late Night With David Letterman,” “The Colbert Report” and “Austin City Limits.” They’ve also performed as a quintet at Telluride and RockyGrass, in addition to performing on “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor.

Members of Steep Mountain Canyon are Charles R. Humphrey III, Nicky Sanders, Mike Guggino, Graham Sharp and Woody Platt.

The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, who are from western New Jersey, were inspired by the music of Flatt & Scruggs & The Stanley Brothers. The band is made up of three young brothers: 11-year-old Jonny Mizzone on banjo, 14-year-old Robbie Mizzone on fiddle, and 15-year-old Tommy Mizzone on guitar. Their second album, released in October 2012, reached number four on Billboard's bluegrass album chart.

This program was recorded at: 2012 IBMA Fan Fest