The Ramblin’ Rangers – One More River To Cross

Cover CD the Ramblin' Rangers
Cover CD the Ramblin' Rangers

Have Guitars, Will Ramble!

“We love to play at cowboy gatherings, western art and folk festivals, chuck wagon cookouts, ranch parties and brandings… And we really do love to travel!” say the Ramblin’ Rangers.

The Rangers are Brad and BonnieJo Exton, currently from the Black Hills of South Dakota. Both spent their careers caring for public lands throughout the West. They bring a special insight to their lively and informative musical programs as they strive to keep the culture and traditions of the old West alive.
BonnieJo is a Colorado native. She grew up riding her big, black AQHA quarter horse, Skipper out on the high plains and camping under the stars; hiking, backpacking and skiing in the Colorado Rockies of her home. Initially educated in music and art, she attended Colorado State University on a partial music scholarship and ultimately earned her degree in Natural Resources Management. Following a stint with State Parks & Wildlife in the Medicine Bow mountains of northern Colorado, and another with the US Forest Service in the San Juan Mountains, BonnieJo moved to the canyon country of southern Utah where she spent nearly three decades as a Park Ranger, along with eight years as a River Ranger on the Colorado River. Working on land and water, caring for our nations precious natural resources and inspiring the public to become good stewards of the land.

Brad grew up in a small Illinois town near the Mississippi River, playing baseball every chance he got and music in his spare time with a garage band in high school. After obtaining his degree in Forest Management from the University of Missouri, Brad began working with the National Park Service as a River Ranger on the Ozark National River, subsequently moving out West to begin his career with the US Forest Service. He spent more than 30 years working in Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, South Dakota and Utah, taking care of national forests and recreation areas. Just prior to retiring, he moved to southern Utah to take a job as Monument Manager of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument He and BonnieJo finally found each other, realized a true sense of kinship through their music, and never looked back!
Brad and BonnieJo began presenting musical interpretive and educational programs to visitors and campers at the Monument. Singing around campfires in the canyons, demonstrating dutch-oven cooking, sharing history, lore and music of the old West, cowboys, chuckwagons and cattle drives. These programs became very popular and led to the duo to becoming involved with and performing at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings. Then, when the Rangers were finally able to retire, they began to Ramble in earnest, cultivating their own unique style that they like to call their “boots-on-the-ground” sound!

With Brad’s smooth baritone and BonnieJo’s sweet harmonies, accompanied by guitar and mando, they have entertained audiences from New Mexico to Montana, Arizona and Arkansas to Alberta, and many places in between… You just never know where they might turn up in all their Ramblin’ around! Little wonder at their motto, “Have Guitars, Will Ramble!”


Track List

Bob Fudge 1882 quote
When the Cactus is in Bloom
Long Drive
Goodnight Loving Trail
Lonely Cowboy on the Trail
Colorado Trail
Bob Fudge 1882 quote
Cattle Rest Easy
All in a Day’s Work
Lay Down Little Doggies
Teddy Blue 1883 quote
Night Rider’s Lament
Teddy Blue 1883 quote
Yellowstone Valley
Bob Fudge 1882 quote
One More River to Cross
Oliver Loving’s Last Request
Say Goodbye to Montana