A simple little bluegrass piece, but what a melody, and what heartfelt, well-blended harmonies. The Steep Canyon Rangers are a great bluegrass group from Asheville, NC, who should be breaking out soon if they haven’t already. They’ve cut an album with Steve Martin, but I think that name is largely a distraction from their standalone musical prowess.
This song reminds me of hiking in the Shenandoah mountains, or biking easily down a nice easy country road. It’s great bluegrass, simple Americana, without being too overwhelmed by banjo or fiddle (although I do like me some banjo). For me, the lead guitar melody is what holds it together. It’s a beautiful, lilting song, nearly a lullaby.
This album contains many other gems, too, like the traveling song “Heartbreak is Real,” the gospel-slash-church-hymn a cappella tune “Sylvie,” and the hokey “Thought That She Loved Me.” They’ve got a new album out as of March 2012, but I haven’t listened to it yet.
Keep an eye on these guys.