The Red Dirt Rangers

Red Dirt music, from the source
photo of The Red Dirt Rangers

The Red Dirt Rangers have been carrying the banner for Red Dirt music since the late 1980s. Many may have opinions on where Red Dirt music grew up or was incubated and the consensus is Stillwater, Oklahoma, home of OSU and a two-story, five-bedroom, funky old place called "the Farm." For two decades, the epicenter of what would come to be called the Red Dirt scene grew up there along with the Rangers. Years before the band existed, Ben Han, John Cooper, and Brad Piccolo had become an integral part of the Farm's musical brotherhood, trading songs and licks with the likes of Jimmy LaFave, Tom Skinner, and Bob Childers and acts such as Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, and Stoney LaRue. The Rangers come to Quanah with ten records under their belt and a recent induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and are made up of Brad Piccolo (guitar, vocals); John Cooper (mandolin, percussion, vocals); Ben Han (lead guitar, vocals); Randy Crouch (fiddle); Don Morris (bass); and Rick Gomez (drums).