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Beyond the Niche

by Under the Radar

acoustic newgrass informed by swing & country blues
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. This Heart
3:12 album only
2. Ride These Flames
4:12 album only
3. Falling in Love
2:37 album only
4. Long White Robe
4:03 album only
5. Restless
3:47 album only
6. Ophelia
2:59 album only
7. Running from Myself
5:04 album only
8. Just Ain\'t
3:12 album only
9. Reckless in Public
4:57 album only
10. Hometown Blues
3:10 album only
11. Up this Hill and Down
4:41 album only
12. Let\'s Go Out on the Town
3:11 album only
13. Twelve Reasons
3:17 album only
14. Happy Blues
4:04 album only


Album Notes
Under the Radar delivers a spirited mix of newgrass/bluegrass, folk, blues, country, & swing. Combining the talents of four of northern California's best musicians. Band leader Kevin Russell and mandolin player Layne Bowen were both original members of the Mordern Hicks. They have each played in a number of other popular Sonoma County bands over the years. Ted Dutcher a veteran of numerous band including HiJinks and Terra Nova, joined Kevin and Layne in Modern Hicks along the way. Michael Capella started his career as a pedal steel player (Joe Ricthie, Hotspur) and has been playing dobro with Late Harvest the last five years.

"Some hot pickin' and good singing, as well as a variety in styles. Kevin & Michael are great singers and the band does great harmonies throughout.
All in all, a job well done. Under The Radar has definitely carved out its own "Niche," and who knows, thanks to the success of this CD, the band might have to change its name to "Above The Radar"..."
-Larry Carlin

"It always amazes me that Kevin Russell is still self-produced. Kevin’s technique in a variety of styles is always exciting, his selection of songs exceptional, his vocals very smooth and evocative, instrumental work and line-up of musicians very much equal to the diversity of material he performs. Each CD is a gem, better than the previous, and leaving the listener anxiously awaiting the next. Kevin is one commanding talent; that he hasn’t yet been picked up by a big label by now is unthinkable."
-Joe Falletta, Bluegrass Now 
May 23, 2005



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Beyond the Niche
Beyond the Niche is a natural extension of the music Kevin Russell, Layne Bowen and Ted Dutcher developed in an earlier California Bay Area group, Modern Hicks. Although Under the Radar uses instruments normally associated with bluegrass, the musical palette they draw from has a much broader scope. With Michael Capella contributing quality songs and strong vocals, the group has a strong, recognizable sound that includes several roots music styles as well as the occassional homage to pop music (ex: Chuck Berry's Restless). The set includes country blues such as Just Ain't , Steve Earle's Hometown Blues and a great acoustic take of This Heart, recorded some years ago by Jon Randall. Originals include an up tempo newgrass sounding song Ride These Flames, penned by Michael Capella as well as several other quality originals by members of the group. These guys may not be well known, but they definietly know what they are doing musically! Recommended to anyone who likes good acoustic music!