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Steep Canyon Rangers plan work on new CD

Monday, February 2, 2009 – The Steep Canyon Rangers finalized a new contract with Rebel Records and will start recording their fourth album for the label next month. The new record is targeted for a late summer/early fall release.

"We are real excited about our growth since the last record. Being a recording artist is different than being a performing artist, and each time we go to the studio, we learn a little more about what works and what doesn't," said guitarist and lead singer Woody Platt.

Under the guidance of producer Ronnie Bowman and engineer Wyatt Rice, the band's last disc, "Lovin' Pretty Women," came out in August 2007. The record also earned IBMA nominations for "Album of the Year" and "Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year" (for their vocal masterpiece Be Still Moses).

The band will once again be working with Bowman and Rice. Tracking will begin in late February at Bowman's Fox Chase Studio in Goodlettesville, Tenn.

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Out in the Open CD review - Out in the Open
Some two full decades after coming together as a group of North Carolina college buddies who wanted to start their own bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers continue to find themselves faced with a dilemma of sorts: while they are at this point perhaps the best known bluegrass band in the country, perhaps even the world, a sizable portion of their renown is amongst people who know them mainly as "Steve Martin's backup band," by virtue of their longtime association with the »»»
Radio CD review - Radio
While appreciating Rolling Stones, The Kinks, and Casey Kasem references, wouldn't a bluegrass song such as the title track here be strengthened by Monroe, Scruggs, and Ray Davis touchstones? Not when one realizes that this album has less to do with bluegrass than any previous recording by Steep Canyon Rangers. Having seldom worked with the same producer twice, one is not longer surprised by evolutionary progression in the SCR sound. Versatile, as their work with Steve Martin and Edie »»»
Tell The Ones I Love CD review - Tell The Ones I Love
Last year, the Steep Canyon Rangers played one of Levon Helm's legendary Midnight Rambles at Helm's Barn in Woodstock. After the Ramble, Helm invited them to come back to record in his studio. Regrettably, Helm passed away before the band could get back to the Barn, but they nevertheless returned to the magical studio to produce an album of originals that contains such musical variety that every listening reveals a new facet of the Rangers' musical magic. The album's title »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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