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After forming in Chapel Hill five years ago and cutting their collective teeth at The Mellow Mushroom, the four pals and one gal of The Steep Canyon Rangers self-released a debut before signing to Yep Roc's Bonfire Records for a brilliant follow-up, Mr. Taylor's New Home. Fiddler Lizzie Hamilton made a quick exit for family life, but the band pressed on, eventually signing to long-standing Charlottesville bluegrass bastion Rebel Records for a self-titled third. Playing traditionally powered grass tailored with a sense of honest folk narration so profound and aged it belies the just-out-of-college fresh faces penning it, The Rangers are the real thing. In fact, "Bluegrass Blues"--written by shaggy bassist Charles Humphrey III--is as evocative an update on Doc Watson's immortal "Southbound" as one is ever likely to hear. Years from now, you may be watching these Rangers on some festival's mainstage late in the evening, reminiscing and saying: "I remember when those fellows used to play The Pour House." Or regretting that you never went. The doors open at 8 p.m., and your cost is $8. 821-1120 or www.the-pour-house.com

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