They've been called "country," "alt-country," and "outlaw country," but the phrase that might best describe the Railbenders is "hard country." This Denver, Colorado band has been playing unabashed, straight-no-chaser music that pulls no punches since 2000. Their music and dynamic live shows have made them one of the top draws in Colorado, bringing in a diverse fan base of all ages.
Formed by Jim Dalton (vocals, guitar) and Tyson Murray (upright bass), the Railbenders took a mutual love of Johnny Cash, Waylon, Hank Williams, rock 'n' roll, punk, whiskey, and threw it all together to create their own sound. Powered by the steady rolling' drums of Graham Haworth and the blazing guitar picking of Tony Nascar ("The Fastest Guitar in the West"), the band has garnered local awards, including "Top Country Band" by the Rocky Mountain News (2004 & 2005), and "Best Country/Roots Band" five years in a row (2002 to 2006) in the annual Westword Music Showcase.
The Railbenders have opened for country greats Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Daniels, and David Allan Coe. As well, they've shared bills with rock legends like ZZ Top, John Fogerty, Peter Frampton, the Doobie Brothers and .38 Special. The Railbenders won a multi-year sponsorship from Coors Brewing Company in 2004, and in 2007, they had the honor of performing at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, CA, where they opened a stage that featured Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Junior Brown, John Doe, Drive-By Truckers, and Alejandro Escovedo. And in 2008, the band played in the inaugural year of the Mile High Music Festival in Denver, sharing the spotlight with national headliners like the Dave Matthews Band and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
Other bands featuring members of the Railbenders:
August 8, 2015: Advance tickets for our show on Friday at Herman's Hideaway are available now, including general admission and high-top table and drink packages
July 2, 2015: Another show coming up: we're back at Elway's on July 29!
June 19, 2015: New show to announce: we're playing at Herman's Hideaway in August!
May 13, 2015: Hope to see you at the ?#?DenverDayOfRock? on May 23! This is a free, outdoor, all ages event presented by ?#?AMPtheCause? to raise funds for and awareness of non-profits in our community. We're playing the Welton Street stage at 6:35pm, followed by Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers.
May 4, 2015: Reminder that our next show is May 23 at the Denver Day of Rock. Join us at the Welton Street stage, where we play 6:35-7:35pm. Hope to see you at this FREE show!
March 5, 2015: Today is the last chance to take advantage of presale ticket prices from tomorrow's show at the Little Bear Saloon - $15 dollars till close tonight. Call the bar at 303-674-9991 (dial 0 to skip the message) and get on the will call list or drop by before close of business tonight. Tomorrow ticket price goes up to $20.
February 9, 2015: In case you didn't see the new show announcement yesterday. Tony Nascar is back! The comeback kid will make his return to the stage with us at the Little Bear on March 6.
Tony! Tony! Tony! Tony!...
February 8, 2015: New show to announce: We're playing March 6 at the Little Bear in Evergreen!
Whiskey Saturday Night
There Was a Time
Whiskey Drinkin' Man
Dead Man's Walk
Someone Take This Bottle
O.D.'d in Denver
One Foot in the Grave
The Hangover Song
The Outlaw Way
Drivin' Back to Denver
Last Ride of the Dalton Gang
There Gonna Be a Hangin'
Holdout In Time
Hellbound Party Train
Dead Man's Return
Like A Wheel (2009)
Like A Wheel
Black Chrome Horse
Saturday And Sunday
I Drive a Truck
Drop Me Off at the Honky Tonk
Glass Picket Fence
It's Time to Party
Whiskey and Me
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