Cover image for Out in the open [compact disc] / Steep Canyon Rangers.
Out in the open [compact disc] / Steep Canyon Rangers.
Publication Information:
[United States] : Thirty Tigers, 2018.
Physical Description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Farmers and Pharaohs Let me out of this town Out in the open Can't get home Going midwest When she was mine Love harder Shenandoah valley Best of me Roadside anthems Let me die in my footsteps The speed we're traveling.
With this album, Steep Canyon Rangers affirm their place as one of the most versatile and idiosyncratic bands in all of contemporary American music. This is perhaps their bravest excursion thus far, transcending bluegrass while in many ways getting closest to the genre's true form thanks to producer Joe Henry's very traditional approach towards recording.


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Fresh off their second studio collaboration with comedian/actor/bluegrass aficionado Steve Martin -- 2017's excellent Long Awaited Album -- North Carolina's Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers deliver a spirited, no-frills set of homespun country-folk/bluegrass originals (a tender rendering of Bob Dylan's "Let Me Die in My Footsteps" is the sole cover) with the Joe Henry-produced Out in the Open. Quietly virtuosic, unassuming, and resonant, the 12-track set was recorded live in the studio with no overdubs. Employing an earthy blend of dirt road country, bucolic folk, and Last Waltz-inspired Americana, the band's knack for pairing pop smarts with contemporary bluegrass is evident throughout, with highlights arriving via the rousing "Let Me Out of This Town," the plaintive "Roadside Anthems," and the soulful title track, the latter of which is one of several cuts that show off the group's effortless harmonizing. ~ James Christopher Monger

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