Vintage Western Swing & Roots Country
Vintage Western Swing & Roots Country
Remington's Ride is dedicated to bringing the great sounds of Vintage Western Swing and Roots Country to a whole new generation of music fans looking for something unique and exciting.
A Remington's Ride show takes you through western music genres from the 1930's through the 1970's, with tight vocals and dazzling instrumentals, showcasing the likes of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys to Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, Johnny Cash, the Hag, and even Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen.
It's tough to sit still listening to this stuff, and many a fan has worn out more than one pair of boots dancin' to it. If you haven't heard it yet, it's time to come swing with the Ride!
The Guitar Man has been pickin' and grinnin' since the shy age of 11 years old. With a love of anything vintage, his guitar style betrays his influences of Buckaroo Don Rich, Danny Gatton, Commander Cody's Bill Kirchen, the two Merles (Travis and Haggard), Redd Volkaert, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Eldon Shamblin, and the list goes on. If it's twangy or it swings, he'll try to play it . . . and rumor has it he'll even go so far as to play steel guitar instrumentals and fiddle solos on his 6-string when it's time to really get western. It ain't always pretty, but it's always a Ride!
Steve founded Remington's Ride in 2013 along with Dangerous Dutch Baker, another veteran musician with a passion for old cowboy music and too much time on his hands.
Dangerous Dutch Baker was born into great music. His family owned Baker Music in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin from the mid 1960's into the 70's. The youngest of four boys, his turn to join the family band came at 13 playing night clubs, weddings, and festivals. Not surprisingly, his greatest musical influence was his father, who exposed him to anything from American standards to jazz, blues, and of course vintage western swing and roots country. After a brief siesta to raise a family of his own, the music called once again. When Dutch showed up at a jam on his Harley with Commander Cody blaring loud enough for the south side of Lomira to hear, there was no question who the sticks man for the Ride was gonna be. We think he's the best drummer in the whole band . . .
"Marshall" Matt is rounding the bend on a 30-year musical career. He started out playing rhythm guitar as a young cowpoke in a bluegrass band. After five years of trying to master bluegrass guitar, the group decided to bring on a much more talented rhythm player, and it was either buy an upright or get the boot. Ol' Marshall decided to lay out the cash and thus began the shaky years of mastering the slap bass all by himself. All the hard work paid off, and Marshall got the call to join the Prairie Smoke Bluegrass Band, touring all over Wisconsin. By 2009, the Prairie Smoke Band ran its course, and Marshall put the bass in the corner. A few years later he saw an ad for a band playing vintage western swing and roots country. After an audition and months of rewiring his brain to improvise over swing progressions, the Marshall became the Ride's newest member. He sings pretty decent too . . .
Jory Simmons grew up in Chicago playing bass and guitar throughout the 1960s. He played his first show at the age of 13, with an electric guitar he built in his 8th grade wood shop class. By the mid 1970s he had discovered country music and the steel guitar. Jory has made a full time career out of country music, playing 5-6 nights per week in the hey day of the classic honky tonks, and has toured extensively throughout the US with various acts. Jory settled in Wisconsin in 1990 and is a 3-time WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award winner. Jory has played many different styles of country music, but his love for classic dance hall honky tonk and western swing brought him to the Ride.
Another WAMI award winner, Al “The Colonel” Sanders cut his teeth singing harmonies in school and in church. After starting guitar lessons at Morgan Brothers Music in Ripon, Wisconsin, Al discovered bluegrass and the fiddle. Largely self-taught, Al admits at least two of his dogs up and left him in his early days of trying to find the notes on a fiddle. Since then, Al has played in some of Wisonsin’s hottest country bands and opened for big name acts. After a long hiatus from the music scene, Al felt the Western Swing and Honky Tonk sounds of the Ride calling and has been a headlining with the band ever since.