Steep Canyon Rangers journey home

November 12, 2013 

The Steep Canyon Rangers members are, from left, Graham Sharp, Nicky Sanders, Mike Guggino, Woody Platt and Charles R. Humphrey III.

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Friday’s show at Cat’s Cradle is a yearly homecoming for the Steep Canyon Rangers, who have roots in Brevard but one foot planted in the Chapel Hill area.

On the heels of a western tour with dazzling banjoist/funnyman Steve Martin, the far-traveling Rangers are looking forward to returning to the landmark concert venue they once called home.

“I saw Ben Folds actually sit in with String Cheese (Incident),” says the Rangers’ singer and guitarist, Woody Platt. “Our first show that we played there was opening for Derrick Trucks.”

When members of the band graduated from UNC, they took a chance on themselves and moved to Asheville.

“We had people sleeping under the stairs,” Platt said. “It was kind of like music camp.”

Now with mortgages and children, some of the band members are still in Asheville, others back home in Brevard.

Their new album and tour with Martin made this a big year.

“We didn’t take it for granted,” Platt said of the opportunity to record “Tell the Ones I Love,” in Levon Helm’s barn in Woodstock, N.Y.

Helm, a friend, had suggested it just before he died.

Correspondent Tom Hartwell

When: Friday, 8:30 p.m.

Where: Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro

Tickets: $15-$17

Info: 919-967-9053

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