Posted by: jdantos | October 18, 2012

Track of the Night: The Mountain’s Gonna Sing, by the Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers

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.

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Responses

  1. Very cool. It’s got a little bit of Clint Black and Patty Loveless going on. Heading over to iTunes right now. Thanks for sharing.

    • Cool! Let me know what you think of their newest album, if you take a listen.


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