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Record Review: Steep Canyon Rangers

Nobody Knows You (Rounder)

Fri., April 20, 2012

Record Review: Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers

Nobody Knows You (Rounder)

Like Alison Krauss and Punch Brothers, North Carolina's Steep Canyon Rangers, most recently seen backing comic/banjo player Steve Martin, stretches bluegrass in a pop direction in a way that seems natural, apropos. Unfortunately, while the quintet's musicianship and harmonies are impeccable, its downfall remains subject matter, relying too heavily on heart songs in a manner lacking originality. As they sing: "Love is a natural disaster." Their humorous side shows in the title track as well as on the rampaging "As I Go," while lone instrumental "Knob Creek" brightly exhibits their prowess individually and as an ensemble.

(Thursday, 9:15pm, Campground stage; Friday, 5:30pm, Bluebonnet stage)

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