Lonely Rangers are Ross Johnson and Johnny Sundby of Rapid City.
For the graphic artist and photographer, a
weekend jam turned into more than 19 years and 500 Black Hills shows together.
The combination worked well with Ross's lead guitar licks and Johnny's
rhythmic strumming. With elaborate interchanging lead and tight
woven harmonies, the band has gathered a large following. Their songlist inlcudes
over 180 songs featuring a country/rock style in the vein of Jimmy Buffett, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Zac Brown, and the Marshall Tucker Band. Also included in some of their shows are modern cowboy tunes and some original music.
Lonely Rangers hire out as a duo on up to a six-piece, fully-loaded band featuring drums, fiddle, bass, and electric guitar.
Prices range from $350 to $2500 depending on the gig.
They are flexibile in changing volumes, songs, and tempos to suit
almost any musical need from wedding dances to sophisticated convention
Besides Ross and Johnny, members of the fully-loaded band include: Bobby Sundby on drums, Dave Kramer on bass, and Greg McDonald on lead guitar. They are often joined by the extraordinary fiddle playing of South Dakota Country Music Hall of Famer, Kenny Putnam, who played with Roy Clark and the Hee Haw Show for nearly eight years.
Photos courtesy of Sage Studios, Kevin Eilbeck Photography,
and Johnny Sundby Photography.