Grammy award-winning bluegrass group The Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at the Bijou Theatre with Sam Bush tonight.
"(The audience) can expect an evening of good bluegrass music," Woody Platt, guitarist and lead singer, said. "Original songs, high energy and some incredible instrumental work."
The Steep Canyon Rangers include Platt, Charles Humphrey III, Nicky Sanders, Mike Guggino, Graham Sharp and Michael Ashworth, according to the band's website. The group won the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award for their album "Nobody Knows You" in 2012.
Their latest album, "Tell The Ones I Love," was made with producer Larry Campbell at the barn of the Midnight Ramble. Platt said this brought a new perspective, since Campbell is not generally a bluegrass producer. It was also Campbell who encouraged the band to include all original songs on their new album.
"We started this band a long time ago and the song writing has developed," Platt said. "It's not as formulaic as everyday bluegrass is. Not that that's a bad thing, but the layout is unique to our band. We've developed it and enjoy it."
Performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers is Sam Bush, who Platt said the band looks up to.
"A new experience for us is going to be playing with Sam Bush," Platt said. "He is one of our musical heroes and he is going to collaborate with us. It's not often a band gets to collaborate with one of its heroes."
The Steep Canyon Rangers have performed at the Tennessee Theatre and are excited to be back.
"I love Knoxville," Platt said. "...we have a long history with WDVX, so it'll be nice to come back. It's long overdue."