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High Desert Rangers

By Jon Sievert

Steel-string guitars, fiddles, mandolins, 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 to be performed by San Miguel’s High Desert Rangers at the Santa Ana Theater Thursday, August 18, at 7pm.

High Desert Rangers
Thu, Aug 18, 7pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
150 pesos

Founded in 2013 after a long search for compatible musicians, the band consists of Wade Ashley (vocals/guitar), Joan Elena Goldberg (vocals/guitar), Jon Sievert (vocals/mandolin), Steve Singer (fiddle), and Ron Incontro (bass). All are longtime residents of San Miguel de Allende.

Their 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. It is contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, gospel, folk, bluegrass, R&B, and blues.

In that spirit, the High Desert Rangers repertoire includes music by Woody Guthrie, Bob Wills, Alison Kraus, Hank Williams, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Hank Williams, the Carter Family, Dan Hicks, 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 Biblioteca’s box office.


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