High Desert Rangers
By Jon Sievert
Steel-string guitars, fiddles, mandolins, and banjos, and the music associated with them, are something of a rarity in Mexico where nylon strings, horns, and accordions are favored. Those instruments are instead the bedrock of American roots-based music as performed by San Miguel’s High Desert Rangers, who will play two nights at the Shelter Theater on Saturday, September 26, at 7pm and Sunday, September 27, at 5pm.
High Desert Rangers
Sat, Sep 26, 7pm and
Sun, Sep 27, 5pm
Vicente Guerrero 4
Col. San Rafael
The band was initially formed in 2013, after a long search by each member to find compatible musicians to play that kind of music. It consists of Wade Ashley (vocals/guitar), Joan Elena Goldberg (vocals/guitar), Steve Singer (fiddle), and Ron Incontro (bass), and myself (vocals/mandolin). We are all full-time residents of San Miguel.
Our repertoire is best described as Americana, a roots-oriented music and radio format that emerged in the 1990s as a reaction to the slick commercial sounds that dominated mainstream country music. However, its makeup extends well beyond the boundaries of country. The Americana Music Association (AMA) defines it as “contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, gospel, folk, bluegrass, R&B, and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw.”
In that spirit, the High Desert Rangers repertoire includes music by Woody Guthrie, Alison Krauss, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Linda Ronstadt, Hank Williams, the Carter Family, Todd Snider, Gillian Welch, Rodney Crowell, the Stanley Brothers, New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Old Crow Medicine Show, and Neil Young.
Tickets are 150 pesos and available at the Shelter Theater and La Biblioteca’s box office. For reservations, call 154 7524.