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KG and The Ranger — a true taste of the Old West

KG and The Ranger brings championship yodeling and cowboy singing to the last bastion of the Old West, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

KG and The Ranger is a husband and wife duo from Madison, Wisc., consisting of Karen Gogolick and Rick Roltgen. This dynamic duo will sing and yodel their way right into your heart. Their wonderful harmonies and down-home humor transport you back to the days when cowboy heroes rode the Silver Screen. With a style that stays true to the singing cowboy tradition, this couple imbues their music with a refreshing perspective and wonderful harmonies.

In a real-life cowboy and cowgirl romance story, cowboy music brought KG and The Ranger together in 1986. Karen Gogolick was a successful jewelry designer in Madison. Her passion was for folk music and early country music. At that time, she was performing banjo and bass in two bands, and was hosting a radio show featuring songs about cowboys and cowgirls. Rick Roltgen, who worked for a credit union in Madison, was playing bass in a country music and bluegrass band. Gene Autry and Roy Rogers — the singing cowboys — had been Rick’s heroes when he was growing up. Rick was performing in a barbershop quartet and getting a reputation for his singing skills and humor when, one summer night, Karen took her bass to play in a band for a square dance. Rick showed up with his bass. Later, Karen invited Rick to perform in her band. With a mutual love for old cowboy songs, Karen and Rick began singing together. And, they also began dating.

Now they perform over 150 concerts a year and also lead workshops on yodeling, rope spinning, song arranging and the history of western songs. They are award-winning singers and harmony yodeling champions. The added treat of Ranger Rick’s fascinating trick rope spinning is reminiscent of Will Rogers. And the duo’s colorful western costumes bring back fond memories of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

Cowboys have always held a special place in the hearts and imagination of Americans. Music from the early cowboy movies resonates with audiences of all ages. Join us when cowboy heroes and the Old West come back to life — when KG and The Ranger take the stage in Pagosa.

Advance tickets, for $10, are on sale at Higher Grounds and the Ross Aragon Community Center. Tickets at the door are $12. Young people 18 and under admitted free. The Ross Aragon Community Center located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. For further information, call the community center at 264-4152.

The KG and The Ranger concert is a benefit in support of the Ross Aragon Community Center. The Ross Aragon Community Center operates as a nonprofit through the Pagosa Springs Facilities Coalition, and benefits the community by creating, coordinating and providing space for social, athletic, fine arts, performing arts, cultural, educational, business and faith-based activities.

The concert is produced by Elation Center for the Arts and is sponsored by The Pagosa Springs SUN. Additional support comes from Pagosa Photography and Higher Ground Coffee Company.

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