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Gone for Way Too Long

by The Westbound Rangers

A vibrant collection of well-written original songs and several traditional tunes, ranging from old-country to old-time and americana, played with the same unbridled energy of the band's live shows.
Genre: Folk: String Band
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1. Gone for Way Too Long
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2. One of These Days
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3. Rise When the Rooster Crows
2:50 $0.99
4. Can't No Woman
2:48 $0.99
5. Drinking Man
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6. Eat Crow
2:14 $0.99
7. Hesitate
2:56 $0.99
8. Handsome Molly
2:11 $0.99
9. Just Friends
3:24 $0.99
10. Rocks Cry Out
3:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Westbound Rangers met as students attending Belmont University, but most of

their education occurred outside the lecture halls and labs, when the four musicians

studied their own version of “string theory” in dorm room jam sessions. In the five

years since, the acoustic quartet—Graham Sherrill, Mike Walker, Read Davis, and

Wes Burkhart—has evolved from a recreational string band to one of the most exciting

up-and-coming acts on the roots music scene. With the June 14 release of their third

album, Gone for Way Too Long, the band stands poised to have a breakout year.

Recorded at John Prine’s Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville, Gone for Way Too

Long is a vibrant collection of well-written original songs and several traditional tunes,

all played with the unbridled energy of the band’s live shows. The band draws from

what mandolin player Mike Walker describes as a “spectrum of sounds and styles,”

ranging from old time to country to rock and roll. While the record, full of infectious

tracks like “Can’t No Woman” and “Drinkin’ Man”—featuring guests Tim O’Brien and

the Del McCoury Band’s Jason Carter, respectively—is rooted in the scrappy string

band sound popularized by modern throwbacks Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett

Brothers, and Trampled By Turtles, the Rangers’ musical versatility enables them to

genre-hop with ease: songs like “One of These Days,” a rueful midtempo track laced

with gorgeous pedal steel (courtesy of guest musician Jonathan Cullifer), would feel at

home in the middle of an alt-country playlist. Sherrill and Walker, the band’s primary

songwriters, are at the top of their game, penning the wryly funny, off-kilter love song

“Eat Crow” and portraying raw heartbreak with gut-wrenching accuracy on the ballad

“Just Friends,” which features Tammy Rogers King of Grammy-nominated bluegrass

band The SteelDrivers.

Sherrill, an old-time banjo player, delivers an excellent version of “Handsome Molly,” a

standard that’s been recorded by everyone from the Stanley Brothers to Mick Jagger.

“Hesitate” has been a fan favorite at live shows for some time now, and “Rise When the

Rooster Crows,” the first song ever recorded in Nashville, has also become a set list

staple. “Playing traditional songs live allows us to help preserve a piece of music history

by bringing it to a contemporary audience,” explains Read Davis, the band’s guitarist.

“But it’s also important to us that we put our own spin on those songs.”

The Westbound Rangers are no longer the college kids who honed their skills opening

for local indie-rock bands; now they’re touring veterans and favorites on the festival

circuit, where they’ve built an enthusiastic, rapidly growing fan base. Though their

album may be titled Gone for Way Too Long, it’s clear that this band has serious staying




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