The Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Steep Canyon Rangers and Dori Freeman

After more than a dozen years together, The Steep Canyon Rangers are instantly recognized as one of the most successful bluegrass bands touring today. The group’s recordings and dynamic live performances have earned them many accolades, including Grammy and IBMA Awards. These talented musicians play progressive bluegrass music firmly rooted in tradition, with smart, original songs. They are seasoned and dynamic, never failing to thrill their audience with instrumental dexterity and speed, tight harmonies, and the fun they have on stage. Their last concert at the Blue Ridge Music Center marked the release of the group’s latest album, Radio.

Dori Freeman is a 24-year-old singer and songwriter from the southwestern hills of Virginia. While her style subscribes to no single genre, the influence of her Appalachian upbringing lies at the core of her music—heard especially in the lulling mountain drawl of her voice. She sings without affect and with striking clarity, delivering each song carefully and earnestly. Her early introduction to musicians like Doc Watson, The Louvin Brothers, and Peggy Lee heavily influenced her modern yet timeless sound. Her songs often center on heartache and pining; unrequited and sometimes unconventional love are common muses for her melodies and lyrics. 

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