Retired Forest and Park Rangers, Brad and BonnieJo Exton, are collectively known as the “Ramblin' Rangers”. They started out by presenting historical programs in National Parks and Monuments in the canyon country of southern Utah. Visitors from around the world enjoyed these campfire sing-a longs, which brought to life stories of the “days of old”, with their cowboys and characters, cattle drives and chuckwagons.
Brad and BonnieJo both spent their careers caring for our nation's public lands throughout the western United States; working on foot and riding horseback in the mountains and canyons, as well as running boats on the lakes and rivers. Their love for the West, it's land, people and culture, is clearly reflected in their music, and through it they strive to keep our western heritage alive.
The Rangers, who are members of the International Western Music Association, as well as the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association, now live in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where they enjoy playing their music at chuckwagon cookouts, ranch parties and trail rides, along with other private venues and local businesses. They have performed in many diverse locations across the country from the Grand Canyon to ranches in Texas and New Mexico; from Buffalo Round-ups and Arts Festivals, to the Arkansas Folk Festival several times. The Rangers have also played at Cowboy Gatherings throughout South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. And, they have been especially honored to perform at Gatherings in Alberta, Canada on three occasions! In their 12-years performing western music together, some of their proudest moments were the privilege of opening for Brenn Hill on two occasions and sharing the stage at a house concert with Dave Stamey, both of whom they greatly admire!
Playing guitar and mando, an occasional harmonica, banjo or dulcimer, the Ramblin' Rangers offer a well-crafted blend of smooth vocals and exquisite harmonies, offering traditional tunes, done-up in their own style, and their original compositions with a lot of flair. Give them a listen and you're certain to find that their music has a whole lot of “ear-appeal!”
Have guitars, will Ramble!