Record Review: Steep Canyon Rangers
Nobody Knows You (Rounder)
Steep Canyon RangersNobody 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)
Kevin Curtin, Fri., May 17, 2013
Jim Caligiuri, Fri., May 17, 2013
Raoul Hernandez, Fri., May 17, 2013
Kevin Curtin, Fri., May 3, 2013
Thomas Fawcett, Fri., March 15, 2013
at Austin Music Hall
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