The String Cheese Incident Albums Ranked

The String Cheese Incident (SCI) is an American band from Crested Butte and Telluride, Colorado, formed in 1993. The band is composed of Michael Kang (acoustic/electric mandolin, electric guitar, and violin), Michael Travis (drums and percussion), Bill Nershi (acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar, and electric slide guitar), Kyle Hollingsworth (piano, organ, Rhodes, and accordion), and Keith Moseley (bass guitar), and, in 2004, Jason Hann (auxiliary percussion). Their music has elements of bluegrass sounds, as well as rock, electronica, calypso, country, funk, jazz, Latin, progressive rock, reggae, and psychedelia. All members write original compositions and sing. Here are all of The String Cheese Incident albums ranked.

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5. One Step Closer (2005)

“This is just a great album. Great songs, great production. This is what I love most about the Cheese. They are able to come out with an album like Untying the Not and then produce this. I particularly like Sometimes a River, Drive and 45th of November. Great job Malcolm Burn!”

4. Believe (2017)

“This is another great album by the cheese. Up there with outside inside, the songs are much more focused and feature a new sound, however, listen closely and i’m sure you’ll appreciate them. The dobro, acoustic mando, and additional percussionist all sound great.”

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3. A String Cheese Incident (1997)

“This album catches them at their best; Live. Like The Grateful Dead and Phish, String Cheese is best live. The ten songs on this album are all great. The real stand outs are Lonesome Fiddle Blues, Little Hands, Sna Jose and a great version of the Aerosmith song Walk This Way. The musicians are all extremely talented and they can write good songs. This is evident in San Jose and Little Hands.”

2. Carnival ’99 (2000)

“The release is best approached from a very simple stand point, the music is fun. Its not a prolific, standard shattering release, its just some songs that display the groups diverse ability and taste, both in covers, and there original works. You’ll find a song that really sticks out, and over time find the rest of the album, to be very new and evolving.”

1. Untying The Not (2003)

“The instrumental forays on this album are amazing in that they actually work within the context of the album. The piano instrumental (track 7) is a thing of beauty. Track 11 (Who Am I?) has some of the most insightful lyrics about the influence of a lost parent and the need to move on without forgetting them. This isn’t just a jam band with a penchant for herb – this is a band of serious musicians with a story to tell, a definite rarity in today’s business of music.”