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Rancho Deluxe

by Rancho Deluxe

Please see all 3 releases by Rancho Deluxe. This is the critically acclaimed debut CD by Rancho Deluxe. The follow up, "True Freedom" and the latest release "Brand New Weekend" are also available.
Genre: Country: Country Pop
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1. Rock Bottom
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2. Fall From Grace
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3. Follow Your Heart
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4. Hometown Blues
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5. On the Fence
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6. Lonesome Home Security
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7. Steppin' Off the Line
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8. I Bought a Bottle
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9. Hey You
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10. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
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11. Small Town Gossip
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Album Notes
Playing old-school twang with an up-to-date energy, California country-rock band Rancho Deluxe were formed in 2005 by songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Mark Adams and lead guitarist Jesse Jay Harris. Harris came by his interest in roots music naturally; his father is Greg Harris, a musician who recorded with Skip Battin, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, and the post-Gram Parsons Flying Burrito Brothers in the 1970s and '80s. Adams and Harris met in college and bonded over their shared interest in classic country and roots rock styles, and in time they began working up songs together. Rancho Deluxe released their self-titled debut album in 2006, with Adams, Harris, and bassist Graham Harris joined by a handful of notable guest musicians, including drummer Don Heffington (formerly of Lone Justice), pedal steel guitarist Jaydee Maness (who worked with Buck Owens, Eric Clapton, and The Byrds), and keyboard man Skip Edwards (who has cut sessions with Lucinda Williams, Dwight Yoakam, and Michelle Shocked). While Graham Harris left Rancho Deluxe as a full-time member following the release of their debut album, he played on the sessions for their second release, 2008's True Freedom, which reunited the studio crew that recorded the first disc. ~ Mark Deming, All Music Guide

See also: http://www.ranchodeluxe.org

The Musicians on the CDs:
Mark Adams - Vocals, Guitar
Jesse Jay Harris - Guitar, Vocals, Mandolin
Graham Harris – Bass
JayDee Maness - Pedal Steel
Don Heffington – Drums
Michael Witcher - Dobro, Lap Steel
Megan Lynch - Fiddle, Harmony Vocals
Greg Harris - Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
David Vaught - Keyboards & Engineer
Skip Edwards - Piano, Organ, Keys

More Quotes:
"Great songs, done very well."
-Dirty Linen

“Conviction, intelligence and twangy hooks”
No Depression

“Rancho Deluxe's new alt.country CD, True Freedom, was just released a couple of days ago, and I can happily inform you that it's awesome. The whole collection demonstrates a level of musicianship and production values that rival anything coming out of Nashville.”
-Glen Starkey, SLO New Times

"The playing is spirited and genuine from start to finish...sometimes absolutely mind-blowing. This band is easily one of the best kept country/pop secrets in the United States.”
-®LMNOP, ®Babysue Review

"A showcase of fine musicianship and songwriting." -
Playback STL

"There's a well-crafted pop group purring in this old-time engine."
-The Big Takeover

“One of the best damn country/honky tonk volumes in today's music scene.”
-Max W. Achatz (Country Jukebox, Munich, Germany)

“I've never felt this comfortable with country music, and that must mean that Rancho Deluxe is not only winning new fans for themselves but for country music in general. “
-Beatrice Clark


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Being There

They seem to realize what most of Nashville has forgotten.
However abstract the term “Country Rock” might be, its origins can surely be traced to the Southern California landscapes where Gram Parsons, The Byrds and the Eagles were insightful enough to fuse traditional country with a rock and roll attitude. And while the lines between all genres have now been blurred with newer categories like “Alt-Country” and “Americana,” there are still bands that are most fittingly labeled as Country Rock. Rancho Deluxe, made up of Mark Adams and brothers Jesse Jay Harris and Graham Harris, is such a band. On their self-titled debut, they seem determined to stake a claim on a piece of California's rich Country Rock heritage.

What is immediately clear is that the emphasis here is on the Country. Following the pattern set by their California forefathers, the guys in Rancho Deluxe use traditional country music as their touchstone. They seem to realize what most of Nashville has forgotten: The best country music is authentic and genuine. It's also steeped in tradition. By utilizing traditional instruments such as the pedal steel guitar and banjo (provided by guests JayDee Maness and Greg Harris, both of whom actually played with Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers), it's clear that this is a band willing to embrace the Country part of Country Rock.

Given such a powerful supporting cast, it would be easy for the three core members to fade into the background. However, that's not the case. Mark Adams particularly shines through, making his own distinct imprint. With his rich baritone voice, Adams elevates the record's strongest songs, and salvages a few of the weaker ones. Jesse Jay Harris not only contributes some tasty guitar and mandolin playing, but serves as the disc's producer as well. And while there are definite peaks and valleys concerning the album's material, his production always sounds great. Graham Harris rounds out the core line-up, and plays very solid bass lines throughout the album.

The standout tracks here are “Steppin' Off the Line” and “I Bought a Bottle.” On the former, Adams sings of selling off his wicked ways to the highest bidder. What's purposefully vague is his motivation for doing so. Is he settling down for a new love, or is he just tired of spinning his wheels and coming up a loser? Ultimately it doesn't matter. The song aches in a beautiful country melancholy that is augmented by a fine fiddle solo by Megan Lynch. “I Bought a Bottle” is a clever song about forbidden love, where Adams sings of a unique way of remembering a woman. He tells her “I bought a bottle, it's not what you'd expect / I bought a bottle of what you wear around your neck.” Another successful song is “Rock Bottom,” a humorous honky-tonk rocker that would sound great while shooting pool and drinking a beer. It should also be noted that Rancho Deluxe pulls off a vibrant cover version of Dylan's “Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You,” proving that no matter what the genre, Dylan is a good choice for extra material.

With their debut record, Rancho Deluxe proves that Country Rock is alive and well in the land of its birth. While the record isn't perfect, it is vastly superior to most of Nashville's Eagles imitators. In a world where the majority of so-called country music lacks soul and integrity, it is refreshing to hear some heart-felt tunes that go against the commercial grain. Rancho Deluxe is a step in the right direction for what will hopefully be a long and distinguished recording career.

Mark Gauthier

Rancho Deluxe is in regular rotation on the jukebox at The Cinema Bar in Culver City, CA where they play a regular monthly gig. The originals sparkle on the disk just like they do in a live show. The songs vary in texture and tempo giving this collection a satisfying repeatability that blends with the best efforts of the bands influences: Buck, Dylan, Lefty, Hank, Haggard, etc. It's rock, it's twang, it's smart, it's fun, it's California, it's awesome!