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 breadthof 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.
Over the past four 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.