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Steep Ravine

New-grass act Steep Ravine at The Crepe Place 07.22

Steep Ravine is a folky rock 'n roll band steeped in bluegrass traditions from the Bay Area of San Francisco. Guitarist and lead vocalist Simon Linsteadt and violinist/vocalist Jan Purat met in high school and linked up with bassist Alex Bice while studying in Santa Cruz. They released their third full length LP, Turning Of The Fall, earlier this spring, complete with a full West Coast tour that just wrapped. On Saturday, July 22, catch a special and intimate one-off performance at the infamous Santa Cruz hotspot, The Crepe Place.

- Joshua Huver


Album Review: Steep Ravine - Trampin' On

Steep Ravine has been steadily refining its unique mixture of folk, gypsy jazz, and bluegrass into something both increasingly intangible and captivating at once. Known widely around the bay area for their astounding live performances, instrumental prowess, diverse musical influences, and primary compositional ingenuity of guitarist Simon Linsteadt, the band continues to operate alongside a growing fan base of young and old alike.

Their all-original debut Trampin’ On is a poignant, laid-back, and polished blend of their diverse influences. “White Mare” builds a narrative around a single image; a lover’s comment causes Linsteadt to reflect on his origins in the steady, introspective “Wooden Floors”; the melodic refrain of “Lazy Tide” calls to mind The Band’s Last Waltz theme; and mandolinist Andy O’brien’s traditional-lean shines through in his composition “No.37”. The album closes with the relaxed country breeze of “C’mon Home”, and as the agile group continues its journey, the summer ahead is brimming with shows in Washington,Oregon, Canada, Colorado, New Mexico, and California. - Justin Kohlberg


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