Cowboy heroes and the Old West come back to life when this
duo take the stage. "Highly entertaining and personable", according to
the entertainment director at Silver Dollar City in Branson, KG &
Ranger put on "one heck of a show". They sing, they yodel in harmony
display their lariat-spinning talent. Their style stays true to the
singing cowboys, while their unique sound and wonderful close harmonies
make you feel as if you are hearing these songs for the first
Western music is a unique blend of folk, country, jazz and
KG & The Ranger add their own infectious humor and entertaining
about the music. Ranger Rick's fascinating trick rope-spinning is
of Will Rogers, and their colorful western costumes will bring back
memories of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Their extensive repertoire,
on guitar, banjo and harmonica, includes the western classics (such as
Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Cool Water and Cattle Call) plus rarer songs they
have discovered in western movies and on old 78's.
From three or four shows a year when they started in 1989,
schedule has grown to over 100 per year. National performances have
Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO; Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at
Ranch, CA; Ozarks Folk Center in Mountain View, AR; National Festival
the West in Phoenix; International Wild West Arts Convention in Las
also lead workshops on yodeling, rope-spinning, song arranging, and the
history of western songs.
They have shared the stage with many western music greats
like Roy Rogers,
Jr. and Rex Allen, Jr., and have opened for the Sons of the San
Riders In The Sky, Wylie and the Wild West, Johnny Western, Don
Waddie Mitchell and Michael Martin Murphey.
Cowboys have always held a special place in the hearts and
of Americans, and the music that came from the early cowboy movies
resonates with audiences of all ages. Whether it is the image of the
driving longhorns from Texas to Kansas or those wearing white hats,
guitars and singing on the big screen, both evoke a sense of pride and
respect. KG & The Ranger are on a mission to keep this wonderful
alive for future generations!
Awards and Nominations:
Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame Induction, National Traditional
Country Music Assoc.
2010 Outstanding Entertainer - Duo, Western Music Association
Montie Montana Award for Showmanship, Wild West Arts
Harmony Yodeling Contest winners, Western Music Assoc.
Duet Singing award, Minnesota Bluegrass Assoc.
Crescendo Award nominees, Western Music Assoc.
Rising Star Award nominees, Academy of Western Artists
Best Western Group nominees, Academy of Western Artists
Harmony Singing award, Natíl Traditional Country
PLUS - for a little variety in cowboy
Debuted in 2002, Ranger Rick's alter-ego "Shortcut Curly" has been
entertaining kids and adults at county fairs, festivals and western
across the country. Kids flock to him to be roped. Wisconsins' tallest
cowboy, Shortcut is 8 feet tall and can spin a forty foot lasso! He is
always a big hit introducing our children's performances or strolling
grounds at a festival. "Shortcut" won't divulge the secret of his stilt
construction, but everyone who sees him is amazed at the natural way he
walks and how he can stand on his toes, dance a polka, and do
Shortcut loves to appear in parades, with his trusty steed
his mini-conestoga wagon, and is faithful armadillo "Dillon" following
along. Winner of the "Most Original" category in the Edgerton Tobacco
Days Parade, he gets rave reviews everywhere he goes.
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