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Album Review

The Red Dirt Rangers' first album in nearly five years, Ranger Motel picks up pretty much exactly where its predecessors left off. The band's trademark blend of rock & roll grit with country twang and Western swing chops makes them one of the purest country-rock bands since the genre's '70s heyday: there's nothing alternative going on here. Rootsy rockers like the laid-back, organ-driven "Spice and Sugar" and the fiddle-rocking "Enjoy the Ride" sit comfortably next to the sweet "Psychedelic Cowboy," a touching farewell to the late Doug Sahm, and an extended, spacy version of the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" that emphasizes the song's country roots. Longtime fans will have no complaints about any of Ranger Motel, but the extended layoff between albums has apparently widened the band's songwriting pool, because the songs are uniformly stronger than before, with fewer that trail off into extended boogie jams.

Customer Reviews

Nice Job

Another good effort from Ben, Brad and Coop, I have enjoyed this album. It is a good example of Red Dirt music and shows some of the skills of the players and songwriters. Jimmy LaFave's Red Dirt Roads is super, along with the Ranger's own tunes Sugar & Spice, Lavena, Stillwater etc.. I also enjoyed the Stones cover of Wild Horses. The contributions of other players, Don, Randy and Jimmy are appreciated, along with Augie Meyers. If you like RedDirt Music, then this will be good example for your collection. As a displaced Okie on the East Coast, I switch my Ipod to this album and feel like I'm home.

Grassroots Music at its best!

I love this album and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves good ole bluegrass/country. It is"old school" with a modern flavor. I love that they havn't taken on the commercialized New Country but yet still stay fresh and new. Red Dirt music - the originals!


Formed: Stillwater, OK

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s

As their name suggests, alt-country upstarts the Red Dirt Rangers are practitioners of the hard-to-define blend known as "red dirt music" (named for the reddish-brown soil of central Oklahoma and pioneered by folks such as Jimmy LaFave and Bob Childers). The group met at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, and their country-rock-folk sound can fuse the disparate strands of Texas swing, Woody Guthrie, Bakersfield country, and the Grateful Dead during one performance. The Red Dirt Rangers released...
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