|SCR rocking the 1-mic at the Ark|
A fairly traditional act (down to the suits and ties they wear on stage and there preference for the "1-mic") they are among the most entertaining live acts I have seen. After blowing my socks off at a show in Royal Oak a few years ago, I was excited to see them (sans Steve) when they played the Ark in March.
I originally bought two tickets and was going to take my Dad to the show. He loves bluegrass harmony, and these guys do it as well as any. However, a quick trip to the ER and a cardiac catheter the day before changed those plans at the last minute. As usual, I arrived early at the Ark and was first in line (I like to sit right in front of the stage whenever I can). I met a young couple in line who were talking about a friend who really wanted to see the show. I had and extra ticket....ended up making some new friends and really enjoying the show!
They guys in the band did not disappoint. They played a good mix of old songs and material off their new album, both noticably showing the "tarnish" that 100s of shows on the road brings to a song. I love their stage presence and who couldn't be mesmerized by the crazy fiddle stylings of Nicky Sanders? However, the memorable tune of the night was actually a song they co-wrote withSteve Martin --Me and Paul Revere (that would have bugged my Dad--It should be "Paul Revere and I"). Great story, outstanding harmonies, and some killer licks...everything I want in a bluegrass show.
I never dislike shows at the Ark, but this one was definitely one of the best I've seen. I would highly recommend you catch the Rangers (with our without Steve) the next time they're in town.
John P. Bayerl