One of Oklahoma’s most original and respected Americana bands, The Red Dirt Rangers, incorporate a mix of folk, rock, and country with an ole-time western twang. Add some swing, a little bluegrass and soulful harmony. The result is great original songs that don't sound like any of the above genre and yet are greatly influenced by them all.
The Rangers take the rich vein of Americana music and infuse it with their own Oklahoma style, incorporating an array of instruments and ideas which add to the rich texture of their songs. Their unique blend and energetic delivery has contributed directly to the musical genre widely known as Red Dirt music.
Made up of Brad Piccolo on guitar and vocals, Ben Han on lead guitar and vocals, John Cooper on mandolin, percussion and vocals, Bob Wiles on bass, Jim Karstein on drums and percussion, and Rocky Frisco on piano, the Rangers have been together making music since their days at OSU more than ten years ago. Career highlights include opening shows or sharing stages with numerous stars including Jackson Browne, The Dixie Chicks, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Asleep at the Wheel.
“This band is not just seasoned musicians but all around nice guys who put on the kind of show that keeps your toe tapping and a smile on your face. I love the Rangers!” says committee member Marie Soleil.
For more information, call The Performing Arts Studio at 405-307-9320. PAS office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00. Red Dirt Ranger’s web-site is www.reddirtrangers.com.
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Chamber of Commerce Arts and Humanities Committee, Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsors are: Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Mark and Teresa Marsee, Avante Skin Care; and Nancy McClellan. Additional support comes from Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Becky Grider and Danna Primm.