The Westbound Rangers

The Westbound Rangers

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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John Hartford high-fives Bill Monroe and Hank Williams who trip over Uncle Dave Macon's foot and find themselves in Tim O'Brien's backyard

Biography

Though Nashville has always been recognized for its country music legacy, musicians of other influences who call the city ‘home’ have found considerable success in recent years. The resulting critical acclaim has raised awareness to the fact that Nashville offers more than homogenized country music and is a musical melting pot with a hotbed of musicians capable of transcending the boundaries of genre classification. Epitomizing the current Nashville scene is talented young group known as the Westbound Rangers.

Over the past two years, this charismatic band has entertained packed houses and festivals throughout America with their energetic performances. By utilizing the time honored ‘single microphone’ technique and augmenting their sets with lively comedic stage banter, a Westbound Rangers show is a throwback to days gone by. Skillful at holding an audience’s attention, these boys are as likely to win over a college frat party as they would a women’s club meeting. It’s this commitment to showmanship that has helped them build such a devoted following.

An innocent observer may initially label this young quartet a ‘bluegrass’ or ‘old-timey’ band due to their instrumentation of banjo, mandolin, guitar and upright bass, but the Westbound Rangers offer so much more than that. While steeped in both bluegrass and old time traditions, their unique blend of roots music draws just as heavily from rock and country musical influences and spans the breadth of American music styles. Melding strong three part harmony vocals with solid musicianship, they tastefully present original ballads, cover songs and novelty numbers - in addition to rollicking banjo tunes - and are a band capable of satisfying even the most finicky of music fans.

Their new album, “Southern Bread & Butter For It,” was self produced in Nashville and highlights the diversity that defines the Westbound Rangers. Eleven songs in length, it is their first studio album and includes a crowd-favorite ditty about coffee (“Pushwater,”) a tribute to a civil war hero (“Stonewall,”) heartfelt ballads (“Time” and “Wanna Call You Mine”) and interpretations of traditional fiddle tunes (“Big Scioty” and “Old Yeller Dog.”) Featuring the occasional steel guitar, harmonica, drums and fiddle, “Southern Bread & Butter For It” is a well rounded effort and strikes a perfect balance between a polished studio sound and an effortless front-porch jam.

With support from radio stations across the country and an ever-growing network of fans, the Rangers are poised for success in 2011. Already booked at festivals such as Skiatook (OK), Country Park Festival (OH), Tri-State Bluegrass Festival (IN), Marshall Bluegrass Festival (MI), and Bristol’s Rhythm And Roots (TN/VA,) they are in the midst of planning a worldwide tour and look to expand on their growing fan base.

Discography

Southern Bread and Butter for It released in February 2011 to a sold out Station Inn Crowd. Recorded at John Prine and David Ferguson's Butcher Shoppe Studio. Currently receiving airplay on WSM, WAMU, WRVU, WDVX, WPAQ, and WCNY.

In June 2009 the Rangers released a debut self-titled album that was recorded "live" around three mics in their living room. Tracks from this album have been featured on American Songspace as well as CD Baby. The lyrics to "Unpredictable" won an honorable mention in the American Songwriter Magazine lyric contest for 2009.

The album is currently recieving airplay on WSM , WDVX,
WPAQ, WRVU, and WAMU.

Set List

Anything up to 3 hours.

Most sets are mixtures of orginals, traditionals, and covers.