WhiteWater Ramble

WhiteWater Ramble

 Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

High-Octane, Rocky Mountain DanceGrass. Bluegrass instruments w/ drums and vocals playing rock, electronica, funk, bluegrass and jam. Influenced by bands like Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush Band, String Cheese Incident, Particle, Railroad Earth, Yonder Mountain String Band and the Grateful Dead.


Described as High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass, Whitewater Ramble (WWR) uses a simple recipe to craft its sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana.

Whitewater Ramble is now on tour behind their second studio release Roots & Groove. The album showcases WWRs growth as songwriters and musicians. Produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, the album features an array of special guests such as Andy Hall on dobro (Infamous Stringdusters), Andy Thorn on banjo (Leftover Salmon), Grammy Award winner John Macy on pedal steel and Bill McKay on piano.

Roots & Groove showcases a roots influenced band blending the traditions of early American music with a newgrass flair and a groovegrass twist. Roots & Groove is storytelling through nefarious narratives, murderous ballads, devilish villanelles, scorned lovers laments and intoxicant-infused ramblings blended with mystical visions and instrumental journeys. Through blistering picking, engaging harmonies and alluring grooves, the ensemble burrows flagrantly into tragedy, comedy, redemption, overindulgence, morality and shady dealings as the backdrop for their genuine and eccentric style of writing.

The Colorado-bred quintet combines the elements of mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres and to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovative cover song interpretations. Whether playing an intimate encore, acoustic and unplugged in the crowd, or surfing on top of the upright bass, Whitewater Ramble delivers a powerful and memorable live performance.

Their debut studio album All Night Drive was released in the summer of 2010 to rave reviews and critical acclaim. Also produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, the album featured 12 original genre-bending tracks and firmly cemented Whitewater Ramble as a band on the rise.

WWR has had the privilege of supporting, touring with and sharing stages with Railroad Earth, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal, The Infamous Stringdusters, Dark Star Orchestra, Little Feat, Papa Mali, The New Mastersounds, The Gourds, The David Grisman Quintet, Jerry Douglas, Lotus, Splitlip Rayfiled, Members of the String Cheese Incident, Particle, Hot Buttered Rum, Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon, DJ Logic, Donna The Buffalo, The Contribution, The Motet, Tea Leaf Green, Henry Butler, Vince Herman and Great American Taxi, Peter Rowan, Tony Furtado and many more.

Based in Fort Collins, CO, WWR has performed and headlined on every major stage across the Rocky Mountain Region. With over 900+ performances under their belt, the group has truly established themselves as one of the hardest working groups in the jam scene today.

A diverse festival resume has helped bring WWR to stages at events like the Northwest String Summit, Wakarusa, Yonder Mountains Harvest Festival, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, 80/35 Festival, Nedfest, Bohemian Nights NewWestFest, The Wildflower Pavilion at RockyGrass, Copper Mountain Sunsation, Desert Rocks Music Festival, Love Your Mother Earth Music Festival, Keystone Bluegrass and Brews, The Denver People's Fair, South Park Music Festival, Westword's Music Showcase, numerous Brew Festivals, and their own annual two day music and camping festival, Ramble on the River.

WhiteWater Ramble is:
Patrick Sites -  Mandolin/Vocals
Patrick Latella -  Acoustic Guitar/Vocals
Howard Montgomery - Upright Bass/Vocals
Zebulon Bowles - Fiddle/Vocals
Jack Watson -   Drums


Drawing Straws

Written By: WhiteWater Ramble

Travel south by train, I’m leavin’ Tennessee
Memphis, you’re a hard town, you ran all over me
Say Conductor, our freight train is rolling full steam
And our brake man’s sleeping as we barrel to New Orleans’s

All along the country roads, the martyrs are crucified
Jack you’re drawing straws, and you’re lucky to be alive

Burnt out street lights, made the darkness tough to bear
We sat on the park bench just to get away from the fair, he had a
Wicked jug of whiskey and offered me a pull, Well
Put my fingers through the handle, not to look like a fool

All around the medicine man, the junkies put out their hands
Jack you’re drawing straws, and you’re buried in the sand

Duckin’ in a candlelight room off bourbon street
Come gather round boys, but stay away from the heat, OOOOHHH
Gypsy woman deal my cards, deal me my magic hands
Three times the cards were turned, three times the reaper stands

A rich man just a week ago, but now you beg and steal
Jack you’re drawing straws and I know just how you feel

Pack Mule Blues

Written By: WhiteWater Ramble

Walking up the mountain, I go down that riverside
Crawling cross the canyon, though it’s nineteen miles wide
Pack Mule Blues….. Well don’t you know you gonna break my back
Workin’ hard this morning, but tomorrow I’m movin’ down the track

Like that spike-drivin man, got his hands, they’re hammer bound
Like that grave diggin man, got his feet planted in the ground
Pack Mule Blues….. Well don’t you know you gonna break my back
Workin’ hard this morning, but tomorrow I’m movin’ down the track

Hello Angelina, walking by your door,
You might want to step outside, you won’t see me no more
Pack Mule Blues….. Well don’t you know you gonna break my back
Workin’ hard this morning, but tomorrow I’m movin’ down the track

Blow whistle blow now, wake me from my bed
Got to catch the freight train, though my legs feel full of lead
Pack Mule Blues….. Well don’t you know you gonna break my back
Workin’ hard this morning, but tomorrow I’m movin’ down the track


2013 - Roots & Groove (Produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth)
2012 - Live From The Big Sky Vol. 2 - Covering Some Territory
2010 - All Night Drive (Produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth)
2009 - Live From The Big Sky
2007 - DVD:A
2006 - Red Alert!: Live

Roots & Groove can be streamed on-line or downloaded for free at www.whitewaterramble.com or at Soundclouse at https://soundcloud.com/whitewaterramble/sets/roots-groove.

Set List

Typically, 2-3 sets spanning a 3-4 hour night. We have a songlist of 75-80 tunes with about 75% original music. We typically play 8-12 songs per set.