Railbenders at Carbon Valley Music Fest




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.



Live at the Bluebird 12/18/2015 (2015)

Time to Ride cover

Time to Ride (2014)

Like a Wheel album cover

Like a Wheel (2009)

Rock 'n' Rail album cover

Rock 'n' Rail New Year's Eve (2008)



September 23: Tickets are on sale NOW for our annual Christmas show at the Bluebird, happening on December 16. This show will very likely sell out, so if you want to go, get your tickets now: Tickets, Event info

September 19: Our annual show at The Bluebird Theater is on Friday, December 16 this year. Tickets go on sale this Friday

August 21: Come on down to Whiskey Tango Foxtrot to see Jim and Tony acoustic, 11am-2pm right now!!

August 8: Thank you to everyone who made it out to the shows this weekend! Here are a few from the Mish!

July 18: Hey all. Here are the set times and links for our final 2 shows of the summer on 8/6 and 8/7:
Saturday Aug 6: Carbon Valley Music Fest, Dacono, CO
**** 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Railbenders *******
Our friends Cracker headline at 8:30 and Kerry Pastine & The Crime Scene play at 5:30.
Sunday Aug 7: Mishawaka Amphitheater, Bellvue, CO
8:00 - 9:30 PM - Railbenders
6:30 - 7:30 PM - Goatz!
5:00 - 6:00 PM - Liz Barnez Band

June 30: This is our beautiful friend Jessica Austin. She is a warrior!
"OK, no wig and the real me, free of my many new disguises to hide the big "C". Check it out, my hair is finally starting to grow back!!!"

June 26: Free show August 6 in Dacono!

June 18: Some photos of our show last week at Elway's Cherry Creek from RockOnColorado.

June 7: Our next show is next week! Join us outside at Elway's Cherry Creek on Wednesday, June 15 for this free show!

June 3: Tickets are now on sale for our August 7 show at The Mish

June 1: The Railbenders are at Elway's Cherry Creek on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. This is an outdoor, free show!

June 1: New shows to announce: August 6 we're at the Carbon Valley Music Festival in Dacono, CO, and August 7 we're at Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellvue, CO. And don't forget June 15 at Elway's Cherry Creek!

May 26: Howdy Amigos,
Two events to tell you about:
1) The Railbenders are continuing the annual Memorial Day weekend tradition of playing the Denver Day of Rock downtown on the same stage as our buddies, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers. AND we have 3 NEW songs for you! Railbenders at 6:30 PM, RCPM @ 8:00 PM, (Welton Stage)
2) Then on Sunday Morning, Jim will be doing an acoustic brunch set from 11am-2pm with Jeremy Lawton on the rooftop of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot downtown by Coors Field. This may be the first morning gig ever for him. You can call if you wish to reserve a table. (303) 226-1540 Address: 2907 Huron St, Denver, CO 80202,
Both of these events are free!
While remembering those who died while serving in our country's armed forces, we want to wish you all a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend.
With gratitude,
Jim, Tyson, Tyson, and Graham

May 19: Two shows to plan for next weekend: May 28 is the Railbenders at the Denver Day of Rock in downtown Denver at 6:30pm, and May 29 is Jim Dalton solo at Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, 11am-1pm.

April 29: This guy is a sellout. #soldoutshow #littlebear

April 29: It's cold and wet outside, but we'll be high and dry tonight. By "high," we mean up in the high country - Evergreen. By "dry," we mean, inside the Little Bear Saloon.

April 13: We're playing the Denver Day of Rock again this year! This year's event is on Saturday, May 28. If you haven't been there before, DDOR is a free, all ages, family friendly, all day outdoor festival. There are 5 stages of music throughout downtown Denver, where we'll be on the Welton Street stage at 6:30pm.

April 12: Our next show is Friday, April 29 at the Little Bear in Evergreen. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Advance tickets are available from the Little Bear, either in person or by phone at 303-674-9991.

April 7: Goodbye Merle

April 5, 2016: New show to announce: We'll be at the Little Bear in Evergreen, CO on Friday, April 29!

March 12, 2016: These guys would like to thank you all for a great night at The Continental Room last night.

March 3, 2016: JUST ANNOUNCED!! Short notice Railbenders show: The Continental Room - Friday, March 11, 6635 East Evans Ave - Denver, $12 at the door

February 9, 2016: We're playing at the annual Denver Day of Rock festival again this year. Join us on Saturday, May 28 for this free, outdoor, all-ages event!

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Live at the Bluebird 12/18/2015 (2015)

The Medicine Show
I Drive a Truck
Drop Me Off at the Honky Tonk
Drivin' Back to Denver
Midnight Train
Drinkin' Buddies
It's Time to Party
Like a Wheel
Black Chrome Horse
One Foot in the Grave
Glass Picket Fence
Country Song
I-70 Westbound
Whiskey Rain

Time to Ride cover

Time to Ride (2014)


Like a Wheel album cover

Like A Wheel (2009)

Like A Wheel
Black Chrome Horse
Drive Away
Saturday And Sunday
I Drive a Truck
Drop Me Off at the Honky Tonk
Big Diesel
Glass Picket Fence
It's Time to Party
Whiskey and Me

Showdown album cover

Showdown (2005)

Leavin' Song
Black Rose
The Outlaw Way
Drivin' Back to Denver
Last Ride of the Dalton Gang
I-70 Westbound
There Gonna Be a Hangin'
Holdout In Time
Drinkin' Buddies
Hellbound Party Train
Dead Man's Return

Segundo album cover

Segundo (2003)

Whiskey Rain
Country Song
Midnight Train
Another Tomorrow
Someone Take This Bottle
Tombstone Serenade
O.D.'d in Denver
One Foot in the Grave
Sweet Caroline
The Hangover Song

Southbound album cover

Southbound (2001)

Whiskey Saturday Night
Lonesome Train
Minus One
There Was a Time
Texas Sun
Crazy Train
Whiskey Drinkin' Man
Breakneck Speed
Dead Man's Walk


Management/Booking: Jim Dalton

Website and Merchandise:

Mailing Address: Railbenders, PO Box 460687, Centennial, CO 80046

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Railbenders on stage