Red Dirt Rangers Spreadin’ the Dirt

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From “The Farm” Near OSU to a Farm Near WSU, Red Dirt Rangers
Oklahoma Hall of Fame * Spreadin’ the Dirt * Farm at OSU

John Cooper, Brad Piccolo and Ben Han –  the three musicians who make up Red Dirt Rangers – have been “spreading the dirt” since 1988. Their career has taken them coast to coast, border to border, through 10 albums and a spot in the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. And in 2019 it will take them to a spot on the main stage for the inaugural FarmJam™ Music & Camping Festival in Colville, Washington on Labor Day Weekend (8/30 – 9/2). 

About 32 years ago, three friends formed the band at a home/venue called “The Farm” near Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Their jam sessions, which also included people like Bob Childers, Tom Skinner and Jimmy LaFave helped define a genre – Red Dirt Music. “The music that came from The Farm was as organic as a mushroom growing out of the ground,” John Cooper said. “No way did we ever say, ‘Hey, let’s start this thing called Red Dirt Music.’ There’s no way that could have happened. You cannot try and do a thing like that. It just happens.”

The “Red Dirt” sound has been arguably described as a strain of Country Music. Randy Rogers Band, Reckless Kelly, Micky & the Motorcars, Jimmy LaFave and Bob Childers have all been considered Red Dirt artists. “We draw from rock n roll, folk, jazz, funk, bluegrass, Tex-Mex, Cajun, blues, southern rock, and many other sources of music for our inspiration,” Cooper said. “It’s for other people to decide what genre we’re in. I certainly don’t know what it is.”

One thing is sure, FarmJam is in for a treat as this will be the first time Red Dirt Rangers have played Washington. And is Colville in for a treat! “We’re the only band on the planet that does what we do. We’re a one of a kind,” Cooper said. “It’s one hell of a line up for the inaugural FarmJam festival!”Plus, they’re going to be playing with a bunch of old friends. “We met John Fullbright when he was 17 and still in high school. We were the first band to get him on a big stage and in front of a bunch of people. He’ll be sitting in on our set at FarmJam, and we’re delighted about that,” Cooper said.

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“Hayes Carl’s guitarist, Travis Linville, is an old friend, and Hayes is an amazing talent. We’ve known Micky and the Motorcars guys since they started their band, and know their brothers in Reckless Kelly very well. And looking forward to hearing Wild Feathers again, they’re great!” FarmJam is so proud to bring the band that literally defined the Red Dirt genre to spread the dirt at the Palouse this Labor Day Weekend. From “The Farm” near Oklahoma State University to a farm near Washington State University. “We are so looking forward to coming up and playing FarmJam,” Cooper said.

FarmJam will be emceed and hosted by Bryant Lamar.  With more music to announce, the current lineup has Chase Rice headlining FarmJam and the festival will host The Wild FeathersHayes CarllRed Dirt RangersJohn FullbrightBlackfoot GypsiesLauren JenkinsHailey WhittersMicky & The MotorcarsCasey RyanEmily Ann RobertsDevon WadeWhitney RoseWill PorterThe StyleesThe Last Chance BandDodgy Mountain MenSarah Brown BandChuck Dunlap & The High Desert RidersDesureThe CarbonsSteve HarwoodEvan EgererFaren RachelsBryant Lamar and A Day of Stars (ADOS), and international talent, Blake Noble.