Red Dirt Rangers
The Red Dirt Rangers have been carrying the banner for Red Dirt music since before the band’s founding in 1988 at a two-story, five- bedroom, funky old place called the Farm. Ben Han, John Cooper, and Brad Piccolo became an integral part of the Farm’s musical brotherhood, trading songs and licks with the likes of Jimmy LaFave,Tom Skinner, Bob Childers and Randy Crouch. Now celebrating its 30th year, the Red Dirt Rangers are one of the hottest live bands around still playing more than 100 dates a year around the country. In the summer of 2004, the three Rangers all went down in a near-fatal helicopter crash, suffering broken bones and debilitating injuries that affected their lives. They created a charity to help out their fellow musicians who’ve fallen on hard times.