In 2011 the band (along with Steve Martin) were awarded IBMA Entertainers of the Year. They have performed for hundreds of thousands at the July 4th Celebration in Washington DC, and have been seen on Letterman and a number of national TV programs. The Steep Canyon Rangers have carved out a special spot in the world of bluegrass music, creating a sound that looks forward and backwards at the same time. First formed in the stairwells and kitchens of Chapel Hill, NC, the Rangers arrive from varied musical backgrounds. On stage and in the studio, Mike Guggino (mandolin/vocals), Charles Humphrey III(bass/vocals), Woody Platt (guitar/lead vocals), Nicky Sanders (fiddle/vocals), and Graham Sharp (banjo/vocals) have perfected their ensemble approach using fierce dynamics and seamless harmonies.