Friday - August 19, 202
Radio Ranch

“WHERE ARE Y’ALL FROM?” ASKED A WEATHERED LOOKING HATMAKER TO THE COUPLE THAT WALKED THROUGH HIS SHOP DOOR ONE RAINSOAKED SUMMER AFTERNOON IN CODY, WYOMING.
THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY.

LIFE HAD MADE A HABIT OF KEEPING THEM ON THE ROAD FOR SO LONG THAT THE MEANING OF THE QUESTION HAD BECOME ALMOST ARBITRARY. THEIR DELAYED RESPONSE AS THEY LOOKED TOWARDS EACH OTHER PROMPTED HIM.

“NO MATTER. YOU LOOK LIKE YOU BELONG RIGHT HERE,” THE MAN SAID.

RHETT HENRY BAXTER AND CAMILLE ELIZABETH HAIL FROM AMERICA’S HEARTLAND BUT HAVE MADE HOMES OF VARIOUS LOCALES IN THE WEST OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST DECADE IN PURSUIT OF WHAT THEY LOVE: TRAVELING, CLIMBING, SKIING, ALPINISM, SURFING, AND ULTIMATELY—STORYTELLING.

THEIR SIMILAR INTERESTS IN MUSIC AND SONGWRITING WERE IMMEDIATELY APPARENT. INSPIRED BY THE FOLK REVIVAL OF THE 60’S AND TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC, THEY’VE LONG BEEN IN LOVE WITH THE FREEDOM OF WIDE OPEN COUNTRY AND THE PEOPLE WITHIN IT. MUSIC IS AN EXTENSION AND EXPRESSION OF THE PEOPLE, THE PLACES AND ALL THE LIFE LIVED ALONG THE WAY.

LATE ONE WHISKEY FUELED NIGHT, THE FIRST TIME THEY MET, IN THE PARKING LOT OF A SKI AREA, THE IDEA WAS PLANTED.

RADIO RANCH WAS BORN ON THE ROAD.

Doors at 9:00pm, Show at 10:00pm
Sunday - September 11, 2022
Tab Benoit with JD Simo

The GRAMMY® nominated singer, songwriter, and guitarist has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues, acquiring a devoted legion of fans along the way. The artist has also won 5 Blues Music Awards, including BB King Entertainer of the Year (twice), and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

In 1992 Benoit released his first recording Nice and Warm on the Justice Label. The title track became a AAA Radio hit and Benoit’s touring career kicked into high gear. Nice and Warm prompted comparisons to blues guitar heavyweights like Albert King, Albert Collins and even Jimi Hendrix. Tab began playing two-hundred and fifty shows a year, a schedule he has kept up for over twenty years. He recorded four albums for Justice Records before being signed to the Vanguard label, and became Louisiana’s Number One Blues export. Vanguard allowed Tab to produce his own recordings; Tab wanted to record the sound that he was trying to create and in 1999 Vanguard Records released These Blues Are All Mine.

Tab Benoit’s music evolved again after he signed with the Telarc International/Concord Music Group in 2002. He began to strip it down to a three-piece group, where he found more freedom as a guitarist. He was also on a mission in wanting to use his music and his energy to bring attention to Louisiana’s coastal erosion issues. Tab began to spend more time in the Wetlands and it was where he began to write his songs. Wetlands was the title of his first Telac/Concord International release. The record combined many musical styles that are indigenous to Louisiana, while he began to play accordion lines and washboard on guitar. Wetlands was a mile marker that definitively marked Tab’s further musical progression into his own original sound and style.

Following the release of Wetlands in 2004 Benoit founded the Voice of the Wetlands non-profit organization and began to use music and gather other musicians to use their platforms for getting the message out. He put together an all-star band that featured Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, George Porter Jr, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Vidacovich, Johnny Sansone, and Waylon Thibodeaux that became The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars. The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars have released two CDs and occasionally tour throughout the country.

Benoit recently launched his own imprint, Whiskey Bayou Records, with partner and manager, Rueben Williams. The label has thus far released albums by such established artists as Eric McFadden, Damon Fowler, Eric Johanson, Jeff McCarty, and Dash Rip Rock. In 2019 Benoit hits the road for a major U.S. Tour, the Whiskey Bayou Revue, featuring Benoit and several of his label’s artists.

Doors at 9:00pm, Show at 10:00pm
Friday - September 30, 2022
The Reverend Horton Heat

Loaded guns, space heaters, and big skies. Welcome to the lethal littered landscape of Jim Heath’s imagination. True to his high evangelical calling, Jim is a Revelator, both revealing & reinterpreting the country-blues-rock roots of American music. He’s a time-travelling space-cowboy on a endless interstellar musical tour, and we are allthe richer & “psychobillier” for getting to tag along.

Seeing REVEREND HORTON HEAT live is a transformative experience. Flames come off the guitars. Heat singes your skin. There’s nothing like the primal tribal rock & roll transfiguration of a Reverend Horton Heat show. Jim becomes a slicked-back 1950′s rock & roll shaman channeling Screamin’ Jay Hawkins through Buddy Holly, while Jimbo incinerates the Stand-Up Bass. And then there are the

“Heatettes”. Those foxy rockabilly chicks dressed in poodle-skirts and cowboy boots slamming the night away. It’s like being magically transported into a Teen Exploitation picture from the 1950′s that’s currently taking place in the future.

Listening to the REVEREND HORTON HEAT is tantamount to injecting pure musical nitrous into the hot-rod engine of your heart. The Reverend’s commandants are simple.

Doors at 8:00pm, Show at 9:00pm
Friday - September 23, 2022
Colby Acuff

Brought to you from the mountains of North Idaho is an independent country artist with an old soul. Acuff’s blend of old-school storytelling and powerful voice takes you to an unfamiliar place of honest country music. Acuff grew up listening to country music of all kinds. From bluegrass to outlaw country. His inspirations from a young age were Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, and many more.

Acuff had drawn inspiration for his songs throughout his life, songs like “Moscow Drinking Team” talks about the days when he was attending the University of Idaho, as well as “Dying Breed” which conveys his life when he was a fly fishing guide on the Coeur d’ Alene river.

Acuff dropped “Life of a Rolling Stone” in January of 2020 but everything got put on hold due to COVID-19. he had lost everything, but instead of giving up he doubled down on his dream and one year later he dropped his independent sophomore album “If I were the Devil” which put him on the map. In the first 6 months, the album has done over 6 million total streams and has been featured on over 50 media outlets including Whiskey Riff, and CMT.

Going forward into 2022 Acuff is working on his third album and second national tour. Acuff’s third project is one that he has wanted to release for a long time. The sound will consist of a more honkey-tonk sound that he had found playing across the country. Be on the lookout for his new album and his tour dates for 2022.

Doors at 9:00pm, Show at 10:00pm