Brevard based bluegrass sensations, the Steep Canyon Rangers, have announced a new partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery. The collaboration, which kicks off in January 10 at the Orange Peel in downtown Asheville, is natural fit for the two, which share a commitment to music, the outdoors, and community-oriented charitable causes.
Oskar Blues and and Grammy award winning Steep Canyon Rangers have been moving in and out of each others spheres since the late 90’s, when the Steep Canyon gang first met Oskar Blues’ founder Dale Katechis at the RockyGrass Festival in Lyons, Colorado. While details are unclear on exactly how it happened (though we’re pretty sure beer was involved), the band wound up camping Katechis’ yard. Dale, steeped in the ancient traditions of the guest-host relationship that require a host to provide shelter and comfort for travelling troubadours, invited them to perform at the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons. When the Steep Canyon Rangers started Mountain Song Festival in Brevard to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County, OBB signed on as the beer sponsor and has since become the exclusive beer of the festival.
To celebrate the partnership, the band and Oskar Blues are hosting a ticketed pre-show meet and greet to benefit the CAN’d Aid foundation on Saturday, January 10, in the downstairs Pulp space at the Orange Peel music venue in Asheville, NC. This event will feature Oskar Blues’ newest beer, the PINNER Throwback IPA, along with other signature brews, and a chance to visit with the Rangers.
Tickets to the fundraiser are $27.50 and are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steep-canyon-rangers-meet-greet-tickets-14813520639
This will not be your average brewery sponsored music industry relationship. According to the press release, the Rangers and Oskar Blues will be announcing all manner of unique fan opportunities, including a chance to go fly fishing with guitarist Woody Platt and trail running excursion with bassist Charles Humphrey. “We’re psyched to have the Rangers on board to help support CAN’d Aid,” says OB Founder Dale Katechis. “Opening our expansion brewery in their hometown of Brevard has cemented our long friendship.”
The partnership will also raise money for Oskar Blues’ CAN’d Aid Foundation, a charity that was started by Katechis to help raise money for flood victims in Colorado. The foundation has distributed over $700,000 for flood recovery, with another $200,000 being distributed to other nonprofits across the country.