Def.: Ranger – One who roams or ranges the countryside, especially in the American West; ie: a cowboy (or cowgirl.)
The Prairie Rose Rangers are the house band at the Prairie Rose. They have also played several major events, such as the PBR Festival, Michael Martin Murphey’s West Fest,Symphony in the Flint Hills, and the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield KS. They have recorded and performed with Western Music Hall of Famers like Michael Martin Murphey, Rex Allen Jr and Johnny Western.
Jesse Friesen grew up on a ranch, so it was only natural that Jesse would have “cowboyin’” in his blood. While other kids in his school were into pop and hip-hop, Jesse was teaching himself how to play guitar by listening to the Sons of the Pioneers. In the Rangers, Jesse mostly plays guitar, but is also adept on a variety of instruments. Besides performing with the Rangers, Jesse also fronts his own band called Green Flamingos. In his spare time, he operates Geneva Sky Studios.
Jennifer Melcher joined the Rangers while still a member of the western swing trio, Cherokee Maidens. She has recorded solo projects, along with videos produced by her friend from Marvel Studios. If there were awards for personality, Jenny Lou would win hands down. She plays bass, guitar and does a lot of the lead vocals.
Ranger Stan Greer is the 2014 Kansas State Mandolin Champion. He also plays guitar in the Rangers and is one of the four lead vocalists. Ranger Stan has been playing music since childhood. For five years he performed at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri with his band, the Dubious Brothers. In the early '90s, Stan formed a cowboy band called the Home Rangers, which was the original band when the Prairie Rose began in 1999. On Sundays, Stan also hosts a show of Bluegrass Music on KWLS Radio. He does most of the comedy in the band and has written two joke books. Ranger Stan likes to say, "When the Prairie Rose was looking for a new superstar cowboy singer, they were looking for somebody who was pretty good who would play for nothing. I'm the biggest good-for-nothing they could find."
Jenny Bowen is the fiddler in the Prairie Rose Rangers and her musical talents run deep. She grew up in a family of musicians and can also play mandolin, piano and guitar. When she’s not playing cowboy music with the Prairie Rose Rangers, Jenny can often be found performing with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Wichita Grand Opera, or her own classical music trio. She is the 2017 Kansas State Fiddle Champion.
Randyl McKinney won the 2016 Kansas State Banjo Championship. Besides the banjo, she also plays Dobro, guitar, mandolin, bass, and likely other instruments of which we aren't yet aware. When not performing with the Rangers, Randy is part of her family group known as the McKinney Sisters. The McKinneys were recently featured in the movie, Home on the Range.
To book the Prairie Rose Rangers for your event, contact JW Johnson at the Prairie Rose.