Big news from Steep Canyon Rangers

Katy Daley had Woody Platt from Steep Canyon Rangers on her Bluegrass Country show this morning, and he shared some pretty cool news about their upcoming collaboration project with Steve Martin.

Turns out that after five days in the studio with Steve in Asheville, the guys are heading to LA to track a song with The Dixie Chicks on Tuesday. Woody also confirmed that one of the songs they tracked this week is slated to include a guest appearance from Paul McCartney. Pretty lofty company for a bunch of bluegrass boys from North Carolina.

Platt also brags a bit about the band’s Mountain Song festival in Brevard, NC which takes place September 10-11, and their IBMA nomination for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year.

Have a listen to Katy’s conversation with Woody this morning: []

Steep Canyon Rangers have recorded previously with Martin, but this project is a true group endeavor. The songs are Steve’s, but they are arranged by the band. Tony Trischka is producing, with Gary Paczosa engineering. A February, 2011 release is anticipated.

UPDATE 8/30: Woody asked us to emphasize that the inclusion of Paul McCartney on this project is more speculative than certain at this point.

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