Often referred to as America’s jukebox, The Rhythm Rangers is a seven piece band that covers the range of American roots music. Drawing from the great American traditions of blues, rock, country, and western swing, they cover all the bases. In other words, Americana! From infectious dance-your-butt-off grooves to soulful, heart-rending ballads The Rhythm Rangers deliver!
Part of the success of the band is due to the many years experience of the band members. They are bay area music veterans who’ve all played in many bands and logged thousands of hours in the studio, doing live gigs and touring. Their first CD,”Not Out of the Woods Yet”, was released in July 2008, & features versions of songs by Johnny Cash, Bob Wills, Jon Randall, Tim O’Brien & others. Though they didn’t win this CD was nominated for a Grammy in 2008.
One fan’s view: “Thank you Kevin and thank you Rhythm Rangers! What a wonderful fun danceable upbeat positive vibrant rockin’ down home bluesy glorious funky sandal kickin’ show you put on for those of us lucky enough to hear you last night. And I got your new CD! Thank you!” – Kim K
The Rhythm Rangers are:
- Kevin Russell- guitar & vocals
- Cori Wood- vocals
- Russ Gauthier- fiddle, mandolin, guitar & vocals
- Kirby Pierce- keyboards
- Bobby Lee- pedal steel
- Linda Hutchinson – bass
- Rick Cutler- drums
venues performed at include:
- Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival
- Sonoma County Fair
- Apple Blossom Fair
- Gravenstein Apple Fair
- Earle Fest
- Forestville Youth Park Celebration
- KRSH backyard concerts
- The Mystic
- Ace Cider Pub
- The Black Rose
- Town Of Windsor Earth Day celebration
- Highland Dell
- The Casper Inn
- Sebastopol Center for the Arts
- Rancho Nicasio
- Hopmonk Tavern
- Taft Street Winery
- Lagunitas- Petaluma
What other people have to say about The Rhythm Rangers:
“These guys are the real deal. They don’t play that phoney country-pop stuff I do.” -Koby Teeth
“If I knew these guys existed, I’d be a huge fan. Not to be missed!” -Dave Allvyn
“I’ve never even heard of these guys and I think they’re great!” -Merle Hangard
“If I was still performing I’m pretty sure I want these guys for my band. Or someone like them.” -Linda Ronsdad
“I hear they are the best at what they do. I’m sorry I missed them.” -Hank Williamson
“I’ve never actually heard anything like this. Hmmm, so this is music…” -Justin Beaver
Kevin Russell is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He performs regularly in the country rock/Americana band, The Rhythm Rangers, and as leader of the acoustic bluegrass-ish band Kevin Russell & his So Called Friends. He also performs with the classic country & western swing group Kevin Russell’s Swing Set and with the Gram Parsons Tribute band, Laughing Gravy. In addition, he hosts Sonoma County music concerts by various touring musicians (Radney Foster, Jim Hurst, Kathy Kallick, Laurie Lewis, Mike Dowling & many others) and is the driving force behind The Sebastopol Guitar Festival, held in late January. He has appeared as a sideman on 22 local recordings by songwriters & groups, has recorded six CD’s with his various bands and has five CD’s out under his name.
His newest project, an all acoustic homage to the great western swing bands is called Country Swing, came out in January 2016. He is a former DJ and writes CD reviews for the online website Freight Train Boogie. com.
And, lastly, Kevin has performed as a side player for a number of local songwriters, including Michael Capella, Mark McLay, Teresa Tudury, Doug Jayne, Audrey Auld, Greg Abel, Greg Scherer, Amy McCarley & more.
Russ Gauthier is a multi-instrumentalist who’s credentials read like a Who’s Who of popular local and national talent. Currently splitting time with The Rhythm Rangers, D’Bunchovus, California Zepher and Gary Vogensen’s Ramble, Russ is a very busy local musician and session player. Russ toured for many years with the nationally known group New Riders of the Purple Sage. His prowess on slide and standard guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and dobro make him everybody’s favorite utility player.
Rick Cutler is, perhaps, the most influential drummer in Sonoma county. Besides running the drum department at Zone Music in Cotati for many years, Rick has been drum teacher to literally hundreds of students over his two decades of teaching. His casual moniker, The Human Metronome, aptly describes his skill and makes him a highly sought after player for many Sonoma county bands, including Solid Air, The Thugz and, of course, The Rhythm Rangers.
Linda Hutchinson was a multi-instrumentalist as a kid, playing flute, clarinet, saxophone, and oboe. She grew up close enough to New York City to listen to the great radio stations playing R&B and funk, and fell in love with New Orleans music the first time she heard the Dixie Cups “Iko Iko.” After moving to the West Coast, Linda took up the bass guitar as part of the Berkeley world beat and reggae scene. When she moved to Sonoma County she played reggae with I-World, and then spent 25 years playing cajun, zydeco, and New Orleans funk with Gator Beat and Gator Nation. Linda says she is “oh so happy” to hold down the bottom for the Rhythm Rangers. Nothing makes her happier than a full dance floor!
Bobby Lee is the legendary pedal steel guitar player frequently spotted on stage left in the Jerry Garcia top hat! He runs the internationally known website for steel guitar players, The Steel Guitar Forum, a social media site dedicated to pedal steel, lap steel and resonator guitar. Bobby was inducted into the European Pedal Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2007. In addition to holding down the pedal steel chair in The Rhythm Rangers, he often plays duo gigs with guitarist Hugh Harris as Wine Country Swing.
Kirby Pierce, professor of the keyboard, has been a veteran of many Sonoma county bands. His playing is rooted in the blues music coming out of New Orleans and the greater south and can always be seen, stage left, with a grin that tells you he might just be having the time of his life –right now!
Cori Wood is a singer who moves easily between country weepers, swing standards and rock shakers. A lover of all things musical, Cori’s musical palette is as broad as the imagination. A Forestville native she has a long history of performing in the county with Scott Gerber, KR & his So Called Friends and in duos with Layne Bowen and/or Steve Della Maggoria.