Sietse, Joe and Mary Ann have been playing music together since the mid 1980’s. They recorded 2 songs for the Dutch compilation album "Holland Billy" with their band "The Greyhounds". In 1991 they formed "The Ranch Girls and the Drifting Texans". Early 1993 there was a major change in the line-up and they renamed the band "The Ranch Girls & Ragtime Wranglers".
When you ask their influence and the music they want to play, they all will answer: early Country, Hillbilly, Western Swing, Rockabilly, Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and everything in between. The Ranch Girls are influenced by early duet-singing, but the Ragtime Wranglers are crazy about instrumentals.
In the Ragtime Wrangler's opinion pop-songs without vocals are a forgotten art form. It has been a while since the charts were filled with instrumentals. Some favourite artists of the Ragtime Wranglers are: Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant, Merle Travis and Joe Maphis.
The Ragtime Wranglers are: Joe Sixpack (guitar, steel-guitar), Sietse (drums, percussion) and Huey Moor (upright bass) and at few occasions an extra percussionist or guitar-picker joins the band.
The Ragtime Wranglers recorded their first instrumental for the Ranch Girls' premier EP in 1993: Joe Maphis’ "The Rocking Gypsy". This song appeared to be a much requested song and is still in the band’s repertoire. At few of the later Ranch Girls’ recordings more instrumentals appeared and then, in April 1995, a true Ragtime Wranglers solo-product was released on the band's own label "Home Brew Records". The A-side is the second recording of "The Rocking Gypsy", the other side is "Road Stop" by Jimmy Day.
Soon after this release the Ragtime Wranglers caught the eye of various promoters and were lucky to have the opportunity to do a few live-concerts with American musicians: Curtis Gordon and Hardrock Gunter. These successful shows were repeated the following years and even more artists asked for the skills of the Ragtime Wranglers: Sid and Billy King, the Collins Kids, Larry Donn, Marvin Rainwater, Frankie Miller and Jack Earls.
In June 2004 the Ragtime Wranglers' 2nd single "Low Man on a Totempole" was ready just in time to promote it on a European tour with the Los Angeles based Lucky Stars.
Their first solo CD / LP is called "Groove A Tune". It came out in April 2005 and holds 14 instrumentals, 8 originals and 6 covers, mainly from guitar-players like Merle Travis, Joe Maphis and Jimmy Bryant!
In 2005 the band accompanied Barbara Pittman at the 9th Rockabilly Rave in the UK plus the original Ranch Girls, Charlie Louvin and Hardrock Gunter at the 2nd Rocking Fifties Fest at the Oneida Casino in Greenbay Wisconsin USA.
The Ragtime Wranglers continue to play instrumental shows, but their number one band remains the line-up with Miss Mary Ann. In the beginning of 2006 the band finished the recordings of "Rock it on down to My House", her second solo CD. Early 2006 the band backed up Janis Martin at the Rockabilly Rave in the UK. The second half of 2006 the band backed up the Collins Kids on a very successful tour through Spain, France and the UK.
There are more exciting events like these to come ! Please come up to see the band at one of their instrumental gigs or with their number one line-up Miss Mary Ann & the Ragtime Wranglers.