Ramblers bring the Bayou to Steve’s

Aspen Times Staff
The Red Stick Ramblers play Steve's Guitars in Carbondale on Thursday, Sept. 28. (Courtesy Red Stick Ramblers)

Toes will be tappin’ at Steve’s Guitars on Thursday night, when The Red Stick Ramblers bring their Cajun-style sound to the small Carbondale club.

The snappily-dressed southern Louisiana quintet will undoubtedly bring a bit of the Bayou to Steve’s, but the band can hardly be pigeonholed in the Cajun mold. Their third CD release, 2004’s “Right Key, Wrong Keyhole,” showcases the band’s blend of Cajun, Western Swing, blues, honky-tonk and old-time music in a mix of standards and originals. “Right Key” peaked at No. 9 on Billboard’s Americana charts; a fourth release is expected this year.

Unbeknownst to local audiences, they may have already heard the Ramblers ” at the movies.

According to the band’s website, last summer they were summoned to the set of “All The King’s Men,” for film and soundtrack work with T-Bone Burnett. The film, now showing at the Isis Theatre in Aspen, is based on the Robert Penn Warren novel about a populist politician in 1930s Louisiana.

In addition, Ramblers Kevin Wimmer, Chas Justus and Eric Frey were recruited by singer Linda Ronstadt to contribute to her latest release, “Adieu False Heart.” Ronstadt’s new CD includes a cover of a Justus’ original, “Rattle My Cage,” from the Ramblers’ second album, “Bring It On Down.”

Friday night brings a familiar face to Steve’s listening room, when Ellen Stapenhorst and the Hyde Family take the stage.

Singer/songwriter Stapenhorst got her start in the folk/coffeehouse scene of southern California in the 1960s before migrating to Colorado to form Tanglefoot with her brother, Steve, and several Aspen musicians. Stapenhorst, a guitarist and fiddler, headed back to California in the early ’80s and “came back home” to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2002.

Her third full-length CD, 2004’s “Come Back Home” (originally titled “Traveler”), produced by Smokin’ Joe Kelly, features a host of familiar names in the local music scene ” Bobby Mason, Randy Utterback, JD Martin, Jan Garrett, John Sommers and Sandy Munro among them.