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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