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The Home Rangers have combined their love of bluegrass music and cowboy songs into a mix they call moograss. In their blazing career they have played several bluegrass festivals, including the prestigious Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS. They have also opened concerts for Alison Krauss, Red Steagall, Waddie Mitchell and Michael Martin Murphey (twice.)
All of the Home Rangers have been involved in music for years. They have all played in various bluegrass bands in South Central Kansas, but it was their mutual love of western music that brought them together.
Richard Crowson plays Dobro, banjo, and guitar with the Home Rangers. He grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was Elvis Presley's paperboy. His cowboy singing was featured on the highly acclaimed "Home On The Range" album, produced by Kansas musician, Kelly Werts. He also performed on the soundtrack of the TV mini-series, "The Wild West." This led to Richard singing and acting in the award-winning "Music Of The Wild West" produced by John McEuen and seen on the Nashville Network. The show also featured several other cowboy singers including Don Edwards, Red Steagall and Michael Martin Murphey. The soundtrack album won the 1994 Western Heritage Award for Best Western Album. Richard is also an award-winning political cartoonist (The Wichita Eagle) and has published a book of some of his best work.
Stan Greer plays guitar, mandolin and bass with the Home Rangers. Originally from southern Illinois, Stan performed for five years at the 1880s theme park, Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, and spent several years performing for conventioneers in the Lake Of The Ozarks area. He has played rhythm guitar for many winners of banjo and fiddle contests, and has also played for a couple of losers. Proving that "Even a blind hog finds an acorn once in awhile," in 2014 Stan won the Kansas Mandolin Championship. Stan has spent his entire life (so far) honing his singing skills in church and school choirs, and has been a soloist for many Christmas and Easter musicals. He also plays guitar in the Praise Band at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita. Stan's other job is teaching 6th grade mathematics, science and technology.
After a brilliant career as a clarinetist for the Wichita Southeast High School Marching Band, David Hawkins performed at the 1981 Walnut Valley Festival with the Manhattan, KS based band, Kimberlite. He is a recent Winfield finalist in the mandolin contest, and has won both the Kansas Mandolin and Banjo Championships. David plays mandolin, bouzouki and guitar with the Home Rangers. When he's not wearing his cowboy hat, David can be found in the world of corporate insurance.
The newest member of the Home Rangers is Mike Lee. Ranger Mike plays the big Taylor sunburst bass and sings the high sissy part. Mike played keyboards with country bands in Oklahoma before seeing the light and moving to Kansas for a job as a pharmacist at Dillon's. He plays piano in the praise band at Olivet Baptist Church. He is an accomplished pianist, but if you want to hear him tickle the ivories, you'll have to brave a visit to church. There are very few pianos available at Ranger gigs.
The Home Rangers were the house band for the first season of the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper. When they were offered full time jobs, all politely declined except for bass player Orin Friesen who has been a Prairie Rose Ranger ever since. Andrew McCalmont then joined the band on bass until his day job took him to Oklahoma. Current bass player Mike Lee, "Your Dillon's Pharmacist," then jumped at the opportunity to become a Home Ranger. In the fall of 2008 The Home Rangers were the onstage band for the Wichita State University fall musical, Waltzing in Heaven.
The Home Rangers debut album, "Bad Boots," includes several classic cowboy songs along with some more obscure western songs and the original title song. The album also includes cameo appearances by Johnny Western, Riders in the Sky, Red Steagall, Rex Allen Jr., Charlie Daniels and Asleep At The Wheel's Ray Benson. Though many of the songs may be familiar, the arrangements are unique to the Home Rangers.
At a Good Sam RV get-together in Abilene, Kansas, The Home Rangers recorded all the fun of the Rangers in live performance. Instead of silence between songs, you are treated to Ranger Stan's stories, a few of which may actually be true. True or not, they're good for a laugh or two. This CD is now available.
Partial listing of Home Rangers performances:
Walnut Valley Festival -- Winfield, KS (3 times)
Park City Bluegrass Festival -- Park City, KS
Haysville Fall Festival -- Haysville, KS
Kansas Bluegrass Association Winter Festival and Summer Festival
Kansas State Barbeque Championship -- Park City, KS
Chisholm Trail Cowboy Heritage -- Old Cowtown Museum -- Wichita, KS
Sand Creek Folklife Festival -- Newton, KS
Wichita Winter Bluegrass Festival -- Wichita, KS
Rendezvous On The Prairie -- Maxwell Wildlife Refuge -- Canton, KS
KFDI Anniversary Party
KFDI Country Fair
World Champion Equestrian Endurance Race (with Michael Martin Murphey)
Alison Krauss Concert -- Wichita, KS
Michael Martin Murphey Concert -- Wichita, KS
Chisholm Trail Cowboy Poetry Gathering (with Red Steagall & Waddie Mitchell)
Trailside Jamboree -- Council Grove, KS
College Hill United Methodist Church -- Wichita, KS
Olivet Baptist Church -- Wichita, KS
Friends University -- Wichita, KS
Historic Orpheum Theater Benefit -- Wichita, KS
Augusta Opry -- Augusta, KS
Andover Days -- Andover, KS
Americana Music Hall -- El Dorado, KS
Madison Days -- Madison, KS
Castle Inn Riverside -- Wichita, KS
Celeste Krenz Concert -- Goddard, KS
Prairie Pine Christmas Tree Farm -- Wichita, KS
Wichita Children's Home Benefit -- Wichita, KS
Ottawa County Fair -- Minneapolis, KS
Clubs & Restaurants
Artichoke Sandwich Bar -- Wichita, KS
Barnes & Noble Bookstore -- Wichita, KS
Borders Bookstore -- Wichita, KS
Rowdy Joe's Steakhouse -- Wichita, KS
Old Town Barbeque -- Wichita, KS
Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper (1st Year Staff Band)-- Benton, KS
Bluegrass Cafe -- Whitewater, KS
Insurance Management Associates
Professional Engineering Consultants
Ohio National Financial Services
Rockwood Homes Association
Maize East Elementary School
Schmidt and Sons Tractor
Onstage Band for 2008 Wichita State University Fall Musical "Waltzing in Heaven"