The West Nile Ramblers Are…
Alex Roth - guitar, vocals
Andy Lentz - fiddle, vocals
Danny Chaves - baritone guitar, banjo, guitar, stuff
Scott Prawalsky - upright bass
Bart van der Zeeuw - drums
The West Nile Ramblers play a style of music they like to call “Western Garage & Country Noir”, a unique and unpretentious combination of western swing, bluegrass, gypsy folk, classic country-rock, and traditional jazz. Led by Alex Roth on guitar, and joined by fiddler Andy Lentz and multi-instrumentalist Danny Chaves, the three carry more than a decade-long history of musical collaboration together, bringing new life to old roots classics, and showcasing creative original songwriting. Their infectious energy made the West Nile Ramblers winners of the 2012 Ballyshannon Folk Festival band contest in Ireland and has kept them a popular favorite at festivals and honkytonks throughout their Yolo County home and across Northern California. Over the years the Ramblers have co-billed with many established touring acts including The Devil Makes Three, Brothers Comatose, and Dustbowl Revival.
Their latest release, “Western Garage & Country Noir,” is an homage to the vinyl era that features an A-side of eclectic, electrified studio recordings, and a B-side of acoustic tracks recorded live around a simple pair of ribbon microphones inside a rustic cabin in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Strains of country, traditional folk, and funk are expertly handled in the songwriting and musicianship of Roth and Lentz, and by their stellar cast of accompanying players including Bart van der Zeeuw (formerly of K's Choice), Katie Weed of Old Man Markley, and Cooper McBean of The Devil Makes Three.