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Steep Canyon Rangers

4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • ASIN: B000285KSW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the third album by this talented new bluegrass combo, a mighty fine, mighty lively set from four talented North Carolina young'uns... The music has a loose-limbed bounce to it which bespeaks some alt-y inclinations, although they keep it pretty straight and pretty traditional sounding. Their sound is playful and open, with a loping bass, a sprightly banjo, soulful fiddling and bright mandolin... Best of all, this album is almost all original material -- a dozen new songs added to truegrass canon, along with one well-chosen Jimmy Martin oldie, and even a Nascar novelty song, a tribute to Dale Earnhardt... Midway through they lose a little steam, but overall, this is a pretty impressive effort by an up-and-coming band that we should all keep an eye on in years to come.
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Playing Time - 37:08 -- All in their 20s, The Steep Canyon Rangers are one of a new generation of young bands with solid traditional chops who will, with the support of a major record label like Rebel, carry the bluegrass torch. The fact that their name was inspired from Deep Canyon Stout doesn't mean that they don't have respect for the music and its tradition. The band members (Woody Platt, Mike Guggino, Graham Sharp, Charles R. Humphrey III) met in 1996 and began playing together about 1999 while students at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

These boys can pick and sing with a lot of hustle and kick. Humphrey's spirited "Living in the Pane" opens the set. His "Bluegrass Blues" sings about travelling down the road, wearing out their shoes, making music every night, and dealing with those blue, bluegrass blues. Sharp's instrumental, "454," is a tastefully-rendered minor romp that gives everyone a chance to shine. Nine of the songs were written by Sharp, and he shows an affinity for both common and less common bluegrass music themes in his lyrics. As a storyteller, Sharp also succeeds with "Kicked Out of Town" that tells of a man's run-in with the law as the result of helping an abused woman. Sharp even sings lead in fine bass fashion on his novelty truckin' tune, "Feelin' Just a Little Like Dale," that incorporates some percussion (by Rob Ladd) in the mix. The song is a tribute to late North Carolina NASCAR legend Dale "the intimidator" Earnhardt, and it was inspired by the guys' camaraderie and fun on the road. Unlike many young groups, The Steep Canyon Rangers know that it's wise to alter their well-arranged songs' tempos and keys throughout the set. "Going On" offers some nice respite with its inspirational gospel message.
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I hoped I wouldn't be disappointed in this early recording. I'm not. This is the authentic Steep Canyon Rangers I love. If you haven't seen one of their concerts you don't know what you are missing.
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I highly recommend this album. I bought SCR's "Nobody Knows You" and was disappointed that it didn't have the same energy as their live performances. After sampling the songs from this album, I decided to buy it and wasn't at all disappointed. I can't say there are any real stand-outs for me, but I like almost all of the songs (and the two instrumentals). Favorites would include "Standing in the Pane(sic)," a toe-tapper in spite of being a break-up song; "The Last Thing My World Needs"; and "Lucky Streak." The instrumental "454" is a pleaser as well. If you like slow, cryin'-in-your-beer bluegrass, "Going On" is about the only example you will find on this album.
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By Carla on May 5, 2010
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This group is awesome. I love everything they have ever done, this cd is so good.
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I like this album. Sounds like traditional Blue Grass to me. I bought it after buying the "Deep In The Shade" album. I prefer the "Deep In The Shade" album, the material sounds more original to me.
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