TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 3.5/5 Sonics in the February 2021 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Steep Canyon Rangers are Asheville, North Carolina's GRAMMY winners, perennial Billboard chart-toppers, and frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin. Since coming onto the bluegrass scene at the dawn of the millennium, Steep Canyon Rangers have been on a journey and continue to push the boundaries of the genre.
Their newest work, Arm in Arm, finds the band in a unique position where their sound is much more Americana than their bluegrass origins. Produced by Brandon Bell (Zac Brown, John Prine) and featuring Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers and Michael Bearden (music director for Michael Jackson), the Rangers continue to hone their craft with unlikely collaborators while developing a sound that is uniquely their own.
The First Edition LP is pressed on paint splatter vinyl and is limited to 1,000 copies worldwide!
While their last album was a live release, this one is all studio. The sound here is slick, but dense with veneer of artificial ambience that gives the mix a thick, impenetrable character that has far more in common with standard-grade commercial pop than acoustic-based music. It's good, though.
- Vinyl LP
- First Edition pressed on Paint Splatter Vinyl - 1000 Copies Worldwide
- One Drop Of Rain
- Sunny Days
- Everything You Know
- Every River
- Honey On My Tongue
- In the Next Life
- Bullet In The Fire
- Take My Mind (feat. Oliver Wood & Michael Bearden)
- A Body Like Yours
- Crystal Ship