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Steep Canyon Rangers plan new CD

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – The Steep Canyon Rangers announced the April 10 release of their Rounder Records solo band debut album, "Nobody Knows You."

With this fifth album, the band releases their first disc since 2009's "Deep in the Shade." They put out several discs with Steve Martin, with whom they have toured. Their other four band releases were on Rebel.

"The Steep Canyon Rangers, with whom I have had the great pleasure of touring and have shared the wonderful honor of IBMA's Entertainer of the Year Award," said Martin, "are not only great musicians who continue to explore both the new and old styles of bluegrass and bring a fresh energy to the traditions of American music, but they are also really fun on a bus."

The North Carolina quintet consists of Mike Guggino (mandolin/vocals), Charles Humphrey III (bass/vocals), Woody Platt (guitar/lead vocals), Nicky Sanders (fiddle/vocals) and Graham Sharp (banjo/vocals). The disc was co-produced by the band and Gary Paczosa.

"We've made enough records by now that if we can't just follow what we want to do," said Sharp, who wrote seven of the dozen songs, "then what's the point of us doing it?"

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Out in the Open CD review - Out in the Open
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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: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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