Time for some bluegrass, I think.
So, here's some tunes from the Asheville, North Carolina-based bluegrass band, The Steep Canyon Rangers. These young guns have caused quite a stir on the bluegrass scene, helped by the fact that they seem to be constantly touring, (there's youthful stamina for you), and last year they were voted Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
They are about to release their second album on Rebel Records next week and it's a glorious blend of bluegrass and honky town, with enough swing to get you jigging round the kitchen. These were the most downtempo songs I could find on the album, which should give you a clue as to how much they go for it. Listen the lyrics for the melancholy, though, folks.
Listen - The Steep Canyon Rangers - Desperate and Blue
Listen - The Steep Canyon Rangers - Be Still Moses
Buy it and listen to a few more MP3s on their website.
Lots more North Carolina goodness at the marvellous The Oak Room.