Kremmling: WhiteWater Ramble carves its way back to Grand County |

Kremmling: WhiteWater Ramble carves its way back to Grand County

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

WhiteWater Ramble is rushing into Kremmling to share its “high-octane, Rocky Mountain dance-grass/jamgrass” as the next featured Grand Mountain Bank Concerts in the Park. The show is part of Kremmling River Days, which highlights the Timberline Gore Canyon 2008 Class V Whitewater Race the same day.

Their “dance/jamgrass” is simply defined as bluegrass with an emphasis on jamming and they’ve got all new music and new songs adding up to a 85-song repertoire. Deeply rooted in blues, bluegrass, funk, jazz, swing, techno, rock, reggae and country, the band explores the musical boundaries and cohesion of all of them.

The quintet is brought together with Patrick Sites on acoustic and electric mandolin, as well as lead and backup vocals; Brian Coddington on acoustic guitar and lead and backup vocals; Howard Montgomery playing upright bass and singing backup vocals, and A.C. Lao playing drums and percussion instruments ” to offer up what has been described as tightly improvised material.

“As much as the band creates its own style, the style creates itself,” their biography states. “The music is dependent on the moment, honest and respectful to the road behind.”

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The band formed in 2004 and in just over three year’s time has had the opportunity to open for such key acts as for Dark Star Orchestra, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Railroad Earth, Tony Furtado, Vince Herman and Great American Taxi, SplitLip Rayfield, Shanti Groove, Wendy Woo, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Shakedown Street, Benny Galloway and the Broke Mountain Trio, The Open Road Bluegrass Band, The Railbenders and Newcomers Home.

Major influences, as diverse as their musical backgrounds, include The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Phish, Sam Bush, David Grisman, Miles Davis, The Allman Brothers Band, Sound Tribe Sector 9, The Disco Biscuits, Particle, Ralph Stanley, Bob Marley, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band, String Cheese Incident, Acoustic Syndicate, Doc Watson, Jorma Kaukonnen, Bill Monroe, Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, Van Morrison, George Clinton, Bob Dylan, B.B. King and Robert Johnson.

Based in Fort Collins, WhiteWater Ramble has headlined (or co-headlined) for the 2006 Keystone Brews and Bluegrass Festival, 2006 KSMT Breckenridge Brewfestival, Johnny Cash Tribute Event, 2006 Desert Rocks Festival and the 2006 CletusFest. Also to their credit, WWR has already appeared at the 2006 Nedfest, 2006 Denver People’s Fair, 2006 SouthPark Music Festival, 2006 Denver’s Westword Music Showcase, at the grand opening of the Budweiser Event Center, 2006 Battlerusa, and the 2006 10KLF Cosmic Break Tour.

The band is currently halfway through putting together a live CD set for release in December. Sites said one of the tracks from this weekend’s performance may just make it on the album, which highlights a couple special guests including Blues Hall of Fame piano player Henry Butler.

They’ve performed at most major venues across all of Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming and gave more than 130 performances in 2007 across the Rocky Mountain region and beyond. This Saturday is a chance for guests and residents to check them out at the Kremmling Town Square. “It’s going to be a good time,” Sites said.

Patrons are invited to enjoy a meal for purchase before the show. The Erica Brown Band is the next featured performance for the Concerts in the Park series, on Sept. 5.

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