Steep Canyon Rangers - The Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers - The Steep Canyon Rangers
Release Date:
June 1, 2004
Recording Location:
The Rubber Room, Chapel Hill, NC
Bluegrass, Contemporary Bluegrass
The Steep Canyon Rangers

The Steep Canyon Rangers experience changes on their third album. In their ascent within the world of bluegrass, they achieve a milestone by hooking up with industry leader Rebel Records after releasing their first album on their own label and their second on Yep Roc. At the same time, however, they suffer attrition, as fiddler Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hamilton is missing from the lineup, reducing them to a guitar-banjo-mandolin-bass quartet. (Josh Goforth fills in on most tracks, with John Garris wielding the bow on "The Last Thing the World Needs" and "454.") They ride out these upheavals with another excellent collection consisting mostly of originals, most of those written by banjoist Graham Sharp. Guitarist Woody Platt handles most of the lead vocals, with harmonies added by the others, singing songs that tell of romantic discord, drinking, and criminal injustice, as well as name-checking bluegrass predecessors ("Bluegrass Blues"). Perhaps the greatest compliment to be handed out to this outfit of young players performing new songs is that much of the time they sound like an old group playing traditional material.

(Well, "Feelin' Just Like Dale" [Earnhardt, that is] couldn't be too traditional.) If that means that their sound is necessarily retro, that's no crime in the bluegrass field.

Living in the PaneSteep Canyon Rangers2:42
Goodbye Bottle of Whiskey / Graham SharpSteep Canyon Rangers2:53
Bluegrass BluesSteep Canyon Rangers3:16
454 / Graham SharpSteep Canyon Rangers2:59
Kicked Out of Town / Graham SharpSteep Canyon Rangers3:15
I'll Drink No More Wine / Jimmy MartinSteep Canyon Rangers2:11
Feelin' Just a Little Like Dale / Graham SharpSteep Canyon Rangers1:53
Lonesome Moon / Graham SharpSteep Canyon Rangers2:58
Going On / Graham SharpSteep Canyon Rangers4:04
The Last Thing My World Needs / Graham SharpSteep Canyon Rangers2:46
SouthwindSteep Canyon Rangers2:44
Are You Happy Now / Graham SharpSteep Canyon Rangers2:53
Lucky Streak / Graham SharpSteep Canyon Rangers2:34

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