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 festivals, such as the PBR Festival in Pueblo CO, Michael Martin Murphey’s West Fest in Rifle CO 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.
Orin Friesen -- Orin has performed at venues from San Francisco to Carnegie Hall and from Nashville to the Great Wall of China. He has sung and played on over 20 albums. Orin loves singing cowboy music, but loves the cowboy lifestyle even more. He has worked with cattle and horses his entire life, and still loves working the roundups. He’s a member of the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Kansas Bluegrass Hall of Fame and America’s Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame. His voice has been heard on the radio in Wichita since 1964. Orin is also the author of the regional best-selling book, Goat Glands to Ranch Hands: the KFDI Story.
Jesse Friesen -- Growing up on a ranch, 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. Now he not only plays acoustic guitar, but he also plays banjo, resonator guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, keyboards, bass and drums. Beside producing and performing on two albums by the Rangers, he has also released three solo projects. He now runs a professional recording studio outside of Wichita: Geneva Sky Studios.
Jenny Bowen Clayton 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 ICTrio.
Ranger Stan Greer recently won the Kansas State Mandolin Championship. He also plays guitar and banjo, plus shares the lead vocals with Jesse Friesen. 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 and Orin Friesen formed a cowboy band called the Home Rangers. This was the original band when the Prairie Rose began in 1999. Like Orin, Stan also hosts his own radio show of Bluegrass Music. 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."
The Rangers scored a hit when “Thank Heavens for Dale Evans,” from their debut album made it to #1 on the Western Music charts. They recently released their third album, Tales from the Trail.