In the past couple of years the Steep Canyon Rangers have made huge strides in becoming one of the more popular acts on the Bluegrass circuit, but in fact the North Carolina group has been at its trade for around 10 years now, getting progressively tighter and more experienced. An extensive tour of major venues last fall backing comedian/banjoist Steve Martin has got them wide exposure, enabling them to do something rare --gain a younger audience while still playing hard edged traditional Bluegrass. They are at their best to date on this new CD that features mostly the songs of banjo player Graham Sharp and bass player Charles Humphrey. Highlights of this fine record include TURN UP THE BOTTLE, THERE AIN'T NO EASY STREET, THE MOUNTAIN'S GONNA SING, HAVE MERCY, and a neat a cappella treatment of Leadbelly's old SYLVIE. Top flight Bluegrass, RECOMMENDED!