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One Dime at a Time (Rebel, 2005)

Steep Canyon Rangers

Reviewed by Kevin Oliver

As the youth movement in bluegrass rolls on, more and more bands will probably start to sound like Chapel Hill, N.C.’s Steep Canyon Rangers. While their music is firmly rooted in traditional bluegrass, their style flirts with honky-tonk country and energetic roots-rock.

One of the main reasons the band is widely accepted beyond the bluegrass circuit is their almost exclusive focus on new, original material instead of playing old time standards and other classics of more recent vintage.

Blue Highway proved it was okay to write and record new, original material that pushed the boundaries of what bluegrass was - as long as they were good songs.

Steep Canyon Rangers don’t have a problem with the quality of their songwriting, but it is the instrumentals played at dizzying speed, like, “Big Cypoophus,” that keep the jam-band crowd coming back for more.

They may not play the classics, but the Steep Canyon Rangers may be producing a few songs that will be considered bluegrass classics in the future.

CDs by Steep Canyon Rangers

Morning Shift, 2023 Arm in Arm, 2020 North Carolina Songbook, 2020 Be Still Moses, 2020 Out in the Open, 2018 Radio, 2015 Tell The Ones I Love, 2013 Nobody Knows You, 2012 Deep in the Shade, 2009 Lovin' Pretty Women, 2007 One Dime at a Time, 2005

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