Sit back, relax, and enjoy the Prairie Rose Rangers after a delicious chuckwagon supper on Saturday evenings. It is first class entertainment for the whole family. It's a lot of fun for young and old alike.
Orin Friesen fell in love with Western music as a child after watching his heroes, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, on TV. He especially enjoyed the harmonies of the Sons of the Pioneers. One of his biggest thrills as a child was seeing Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and the Sons of the Pioneers at the Nebraska State Fair. Orin loves Western Music because it portrays the lifestyle he has always lived. He fondly recalls how, as a child, he rode his horse to ride fences and count the beef cattle his family raised in Nebraska. “I was too shy to sing to people,” laughs Orin, “but I didn’t have a problem singing to the cows. And it didn’t seem to bother them.”
Everyone falls in love with the wonderful voice of Miss Kim Coslett. With background in Classic Rock, Pop, and Christian music, Kim brings the “Cowgirl” touch to the sound of the Prairie Rose Rangers. Married with four children, Kim was born and raised in the Wichita area by a musical family.
She has performed regionally and locally with several solo albums to her credit. Writing, and keeping up with her playing skills on guitar and piano is what you’ll find her doing in her free time and trying to imagine life without her music is impossible. Playing in small intimate settings has always been her favorite of venues. “You can really reach people with music in ways that you can’t sometimes with just words”. She counts it a blessing to be a part of the Prairie Rose family.
Fiddling is a newer style for Jolynn MacIntyre these days, but one she has always wanted to play. She was born and raised in Wichita by parents who are real Western fans. After seeing a violin performance at church when she was 8, Jolynn took up this incredible instrument and never looked back. Her training was conventional but she developed a love for Celtic fiddling, folk and roots styles of music over the years. Jolynn’s background in classical music and in numerous orchestras provided her with a good foundation. “Having the opportunity to play Western and roots music now at the Prairie Rose is a joy for me, and I hope to expand my fiddling skills and learn from all the great musicians I’m privileged to work with.” says Jolynn. “I grew up watching John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, just like my parents. They passed that down to me, and I’m excited to be a part of passing that on to others through music.”
Jesse Friesen grew up listening to cowboy music and playing cowboy in the backyard. At age nine, he started learning to play the banjo, and played that until, on his thirteenth birthday, he picked up a guitar and started teaching himself how to play. He played mostly bluegrass and classic rock until he discovered the man who would become his favorite musician of all time, Mark Knopfler. He models his playing style after Mark Knopfler, and, similarly, plays a resonator guitar.
Jesse joined the Rangers in January 2009, and almost immediately began recording tracks for the first album. Jesse runs a recording studio, Prairie Rose Records, and plays many different instruments, including Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Bass, and 12 String Guitar.
Located 15 Minutes NE of Wichita, Kansas