While not exactly a household name, SCI remains a pre-eminent force in jam band land. Long, noodling epics epitomized the SCI of yore and captivated a generation looking for the next Phish. With One Step Closer, it appears the Cheesers want a piece of Middle America. Maybe it's the production by Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan) that reins in the band's tangential tendencies in favour of tight, short arrangements, or maybe it's SCI's stab at creating their own version of the Band's Music From Big Pink. Either way, One Step Closer is certain to bring in a new fan base. It's lazy and comfortable, with enough mandolin, lap steel and violin to make you wish every day were Sunday.
String Cheese Incident play Olympic Island Tuesday (July 12).