Deep in the Shade

Deep in the Shade

by Steve Martin & Steep Canyon RangersSteve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers


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The Steep Canyon Rangers continue their upward arch with Deep in the Shade another collection of mostly original tunes that blend contemporary bluegrass stylings with folk, gospel, and old-time, hardcore country music. Their playing has always been exemplary, but they've always concentrated on the song itself, with minimal solos, although every member can shred with the best of 'em. Graham Sharp and Charles Humphrey III are developing into first-class tunesmiths, and several songs here could be big commercial hits in the hands of some mainstream country artist. Humphrey's "I Thought That She Loved Me" is a country-boy-meets-city-girl lament, but the lyric has a bit of arch humor usually missing in songs of this kind. The tongue-twisting chorus and the interplay between Mike Guggino's mandolin and Nicky Sanders' fiddle add to the song's playful feel. Sharp's "Heartbreak Is Real" is the kind of sad honky tonk song that George Jones cut his teeth on, a low-down lament given a jaunty rhythm complemented by the band's close harmonies and Sanders' crying fiddle. Humphrey's "Shades of Gray" is an old-fashion country song detailing the time in a marriage when everything is going wrong; the band's energetic playing complements Woody Platt's mournful lead vocal. Hard times are the subject of Sharp's "Turn Up the Bottle," an energetic drinking song, and "Nowhere to Lay Low," a lament with an ancient-mountain feel and an apocalyptic chorus. The covers include a bluegrass revamping of Merle Haggard's love-'em-and-leave-'em classic "I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known" delivered with a bit of tongue in cheek humor, and a mournful a cappella reading of the Leadbelly/Weavers classic prison song "Sylvie," the vocals drenched with rich, Southern Baptist church harmonies.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/2009
Label: Rebel Records
UPC: 0032511183422
catalogNumber: 1834
Rank: 49397

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers   Primary Artist
Graham Sharp   Banjo,Vocals
Mike Guggino   Mandolin,Violin
Charles Humphrey   Bass
Woody Platt   Guitar,Vocals
Nicky Sanders   Fiddle,Vocals

Technical Credits

Wyatt Rice   Engineer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Ronnie Bowman   Producer
Paul Campbell   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Graham Sharp   Composer
Johnny Buck   Composer
Charles Humphrey   Composer
Mark Bumgarner   Composer
Lance Mills   Composer
Phillip Barker   Composer

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