Steep Ravine, Leo Rondeau, Robin Bacior

Feb 13 @ 9:00pm


9pm showtime

Steep Ravine is a Northern California bluegrass and folk quartet noted
> for its dynamic acoustic sound, original songwriting, close vocal
> harmonies, and string-playing virtuosity. The band is composed of
> Simon Linsteadt on guitar and vocals, Jan Purat on violin, Andy
> O’Brien on mandolin and vocals, and Alex Bice on upright bass and
> vocals. Simon and Jan began playing together in a folk band in high
> school, spending many a lunch hour busking on the streets of San
> Rafael, California. Together they moved on to UC Santa Cruz where they
> fortuitously met Andy and Alex, UCSC graduates and seasoned bluegrass
> musicians, during a jam at Andy’s house near campus in the sleepy
> coastal town. Steep Ravine draws their influences from far and wide,
> including Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Tony Rice, David Grisman,
> Neil Young, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli to name a few. The
> band’s collective abilities cross multiple musical genres, bringing a
> fresh, distinctive sound to original tunes and arrangements alike.

Leo Rondeau: /
I originally hail from the Turtle Mountains in North Dakota. I now live in honkytonks across America and I don’t quit.

Up-and-coming , Austin-based singer-songwriter Rondeau’s sophomore effort is a real beaut. His brand of “I did it my way” country is at once original and traditional; mainstream and avant garde; foreign yet familiar. -Good New Music

He writes with simplicity, but in a half-drunk tongue-in-cheek air and with an artful lack of symmetry in his melodies through much of the album, so his songs are always a few steps ahead of the norm. -Austin Sound

Rondeau pulls his languid drawl across country ballads braced by banjo and steel, the caustic crack of his voice cut with an ornery attitude. With his debut, Bangs, Bullets and the Turtle Mountains, the North Dakota native’s impressive songwriting drifts through easy honky-tonk anthems and supple, aching, country waltzes. -Austin Chronicle

Originally from North Dakota, Rondeau’s now made Austin his home, weaving his way through original country ballads that make the heart ache. His 2007 debut, Bangs, Bullets and the Turtle Mountains, mixes traditional country and bluegrass, with storytelling inspired by Rondeau’s upbringing in the Turtle Mountains…
-KUT’s Austin Music Minute