He grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina, where music was always around, and he first became aware of bluegrass music as a seven or eight-year-old. He played piano as a young boy, and in his sixth grade he played the trumpet, switching to baritone horn in the seventh and eighth grades. Platt sang in the Brevard Boys Choir for several years and started learning chords on the guitar in high school.
On the Charts
The Steep Canyon Rangers have certainly drawn inspiration from the serene scenery of the mountains, as they have become one of the most innovative and influential bands in Bluegrass. Formed in by some rowdy college boys at UNC Chapel Hill, The Rangers have continuously evolved and explored their sound to become the Grammy winning, Steve Martin supporting group they are today. Woody Platt, guitarist and lead vocalist for the group, took a few moments to talk with SC Music Guide about the band, their newest albums, and what the future holds for The Rangers. JB: First off, thank you for your time Mr. Congrats on the recent induction into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, what was it like to receive that honor and recognition? WP: You know it was amazing, and a little surreal when you think about it. North Carolina is such a wonderful state for music, with so much musical history in the state, and our bands a product of it. What was it like working with him? WP: Jerry Douglas has been a major influence and someone we admire and look up to in this business since we first started trying to learn to play the music.
In the News
Steep Canyon Rangers have recorded 9 solo albums plus two collaborative albums with Steve Martin. SCR performed as a quintet for nearly a decade before intermittent touring began as a sextet with Steve Martin; the band still performs in both configurations. Humphrey III upright bass. Early on, Platt's childhood friend, Mike Guggino mandolin , was asked to join. Taylor's New Home.
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