The Wild Snohomians
Welcome to the original Americana/roots rock experience of The Wild Snohomians. We are a little bit alt-country and a little bit rock roll with a taste of rockabilly, and swing. Lead by front man Van Ramsey on organ, we deliver upbeat toe tapping material often flavored with a touch of wry humor guaranteed to get crowds dancing and smiling at the same time
Welcome to the original Americana/roots rock experience of The Wild Snohomians. Heavily influenced by the legendary giants of Sun Records, like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, as well as critically acclaimed songwriters, such as Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and Dave Alvin, The Wild Snohomians are a little bit alt-country and a little bit rock & roll with a taste of rockabilly and swing. Lead by front man Van Ramsey on organ, we deliver upbeat toe tapping material often flavored with a touch of wry humor guaranteed to get crowds dancing and smiling at the same time. Not surprisingly, one way or another, a lot of our tunes seem to end up being about our favorite things - cars, women and, of course, women who love cars. You know what we're talking about: love gone bad... love gone good... heck, sometimes love's just plain gone. Collectively, we have decades of experience under our belts. Members have performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Caribean and beyond. Some of us have been blessed enough to have had the chance to sit in with the likes of Randy Bachman, Al Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Boots Randolph and Art Blakely. The Wild Snohomians are currently working on our first album featuring the single "Who I Am."
Van Ramsey - Organ
Front man Van Ramsey handles the lion's share of the lead vocal duties and writes most of the band's material. Somehow, Van's sardonic wit has a way of finding its way in almost everything we do. Van started off his musical journey as a trumpet player earning a degree in jazz at the university of Miami before hooking up as a horn player and arranger with Royal Caribean cruise lines. After knocking around new York's jazz scene for awhile Van took a fateful vacation to the Northwest, fell in love with the area, made the move and switched his musical energies to keyboards and writing lyrics. His organ work adds color and excitement to The Wild Snohomians, and you may recognize his voice from KSER, 90.7 FM in Everett, where he's been hosting Pull The String for 8 years.
James Riley and Garvie Cooper - Guitars
Our gun slingers got their rock & roll chops playing the church dance hall circuit all over the pacific NW in the 70's. Born and bred in Snohomish County, the "coops" have been playing local bars and taverns for decades. Garv's original songs and
gritty vocals really connect with listeners. His versatile
guitar soloing contrasts nicely with the darker sometimes moody tones laid down his brother Riley. Together, the coops are the backbone of The Wild Snohomian sound.
Jim Freeman - Bass
Jim brings his own special energy and excitement to the band keeping things moving on the low end and helping out with vocals. His bass lines don't just walk - they strut! Jim's background includes being one of the Founding members and guitar players in the Seattle surf band "The Seamonkees" before picking up the bass to join the critically acclaimed instro rock outfit known as '63 Burnout. Jim currently works full time as a musician and producer with his indie label Sound Vision NW also performing with his Cars tribute/80's band All Mixed Up.
Steve Lykken - Drums
Steve hails from Bremerton where he started off as a jazz drummer before hooking up with highschool chums to form the psychobilly sensation "Seasons of Nightmares." There's no doubt about it - Steve makes every song we play sound better. His creativity, versatility and rock-solid time, gives the band the ability to move in any musical direction and make it cook.
The Wild Snohomians are extremely proud to announce the release of our debut album entitled: "Imperfect Crime" featuring 19 original songs. Available everywhere music is sold.
According to Steve Ward of KSER 90.7 FM, Everett WA:
"The Wild Snohomians demonstrate their formidable bar band chops on their first release, "Imperfect Crime", a rockin' collection of 19 original compositions that draw inspiration from rockabilly, blues, zydeco, Bob Dyan, Chuck Berry and many other familiar influences. What sets the Snohomians apart from other Americana bands is their irreverence--songwriter Van Ramsey, a Florida transplant, wrote the bulk of the material with a laugh and a good time in mind."
The Wild Snohomians are extremely proud to announce the release of our debut album entitled "Imperfect Crime" featuring the wit and wisdom of Van Ramsey and Garvie Cooper with songs about cars, women, women who love cars and the men who love them. We're already back at the studio working on a follow up. At most live performances you can expect to hear a wide selection of the following originals:
Big Fat Cadillac 4x4
Mean Mistreatin' Angel
My Dream of You
One Fine Woody
Real Hot Rod
Tits and Tires
Wave To Ride
When You Dance
Who I Am
Sometimes we can't help putting our own spin on some great songs by our favorite artists. Here's a partial list of what we've been known to kick the tires on:
All I Can Do Is Cry (Wayne Walker)
Bad Things (Jace Everett)
Blue Moon Baby (Dave Diddle day)
Bop Pills (The Cramps)