Published on Sep 19, 2013
Ft. Collins, CO - DanceGrass masters Whitewater Ramble have revisited some of their more "traditional" roots with the release of their new video "Dear Mr. Bankman" from their 2013 release Roots & Groove.
"I love this video but it makes you think," says Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth who produced the band's album. "We went for a "vintage" sound on this cut. Wouldn't it be nice if the sentiment of the song was "vintage" too? Unfortunately "Dear Mr. Bankman" could be sung by many family farmers today with the same conviction Patrick sings it here. This is a fun video about a not so fun truth. Great job guys!"
September of 2013 marks the five year anniversary of the start of the "Great Recession." Whitewater Ramble wraps their own narrative over this difficult time with honest and thoughtful lyrics accompanied by a light "gee golly" knee-slapping feel. The result is a "fusion of bluegrass and roots music into the 21st century." Since its release, "Bankman" has been picked up by over 100 stations across the US. Canada and Europe for airplay.
Described as High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass, Whitewater Ramble (WWR) uses a simple recipe to craft its sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana.
Whitewater Ramble is now on tour behind Roots & Groove. The album showcases WWR's growth as songwriters and musicians. Produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, the album features an array of special guests such as Andy Hall on dobro (Infamous Stringdusters), Andy Thorn on banjo (Leftover Salmon), Grammy Award winner John Macy on pedal steel and Bill McKay on piano (formerly of Leftover Salmon, Derek Trucks Band).
9/19 - Cervantes' Other Side "Grass for That Ass" - Denver, CO w/ Tallgrass and Gipsy Moon
9/20 - Last Chance - Gunnison, CO
9/21 - Eldo - Crested Butte, CO - Post-Vinotok Party
9/27 - Sweetwater Grill - Steamboat Springs, CO
10/1 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH *
10/2 - Woodlands Tavern - Columbus, OH *
10/3 - 20th Century Theater - Cincinnati, OH *
10/4 - Bells Brewery - Kalamazoo, MI *
10/9 - Aggie Theater - Ft. Collins, CO * - co-bill
10/10 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO *
10/11 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO *
10/16 - Old St. Francis - Bend, OR
10/17 - Cozmic - Eugene, OR w/ Alder Street All Stars
10/18 - Nectar Lounge - Seattle, WA w/ Buzz Brump and Warren G Hardings
10/19 - Good Foot - Portland, OR w/ Sugarcane - co-bill
10/31 - Bones Brewing - Billings, MI ^
11/1 - Zebra - Bozeman, MT ^
11/2 - Top Hat - Missoula, MT - ^
11/3 - White Front - Phillipsburg, MT
11/7 - Cubby Bear - Chicago, IL +
11/8 - Miramar Theater - Milwaukee, WI w/ Horseshoes & Hand Grenades - co-bill
11/9 - 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN - +
* w/ Tea Leaf Gree
^ w/ Lil' Smokies
+ w/ The Ragbirds
WWR has had the privilege of supporting, touring with and sharing stages with Railroad Earth, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal, The Infamous Stringdusters, Dark Star Orchestra, Little Feat, Papa Mali, The New Mastersounds, The Gourds, The David Grisman Quintet, Jerry Douglas, Lotus, Splitlip Rayfiled, Members of the String Cheese Incident, Particle, Hot Buttered Rum, DJ Logic, Donna The Buffalo, The Contribution, The Motet, Tea Leaf Green, Henry Butler, Vince Herman and Great American Taxi, Peter Rowan, Tony Furtado and many more.
Based in Fort Collins, CO, WWR has performed and headlined on every major stage across the Rocky Mountain Region. With over 1000 performances under their belt, the group has truly established themselves as one of the hardest working groups in the jam scene today.
A diverse festival resume has helped bring WWR to stages at events like the Northwest String Summit, Wakarusa, Yonder Mountain's Harvest Festival, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, 80/35 Festival, Nedfest, Bohemian Nights NewWestFest, The Wildflower Pavilion at RockyGrass, Copper Mountain Sunsation, Desert Rocks Music Festival, Love Your Mother Earth Music Festival, Keystone Bluegrass and Brews, The Denver People's Fair, South Park Music Festival, Westword's Music Showcase, numerous Brew Festivals, and their own annual two day music and camping festival, Ramble on the River.
"Whitewater Ramble effortlessly shifts scenery: just when you think you're nicely settled in on a hay bale at the hoedown, there'll be a hint of Latin-flavored vibe eased into the mix ... and then they flip the blinker on to make a hard left into Memphis -- or throw on their RayBans and get all late-night jazzbo on you." -- Relix
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