The band’s tight three-part harmony and solid backup create the perfect combination of sounds and styles that comes from years of performing together, regular practice sessions and a collection of some of the best performers found along the Susquehanna.
In addition to Stoner, also known as Trail Boss, the cowboy posse includes Ed “Too Dang Cool” Scholl on electric guitar and vocals, Chris “Bluesman” Trasatti providing soulful harmonica and vocals, Mike “Saddle Sore” Celline laying out the beat on drums, Richard “Range Rover” Rupert, who has been known to ooze more talent than humanly possible while working the bass, is joined in life as well as the band with Alison “Miss Alison” Rupert providing vocals and percussion while Wayne “Chuck Wagon Master” Krebs acts as the hitch that keeps everything together.
Stoner, a physician at Geisinger Medical Center, credits the band’s distinctive style of music, along with some occasional cowboy poetry, humor and even a yodel or two from Miss Alison, as the ingredients for a family friendly show that will have even the orneriest audience member crack a smile or even do a Texas-two-step.
Although the cowboys are scattered around the Valley from Montoursville to Pitman, the band’s commitment and love of performing makes them find time to rehearse, schedule local gigs and plan shows outside the Valley since they’ve been successful in playing the fair circuit with gigs across the Keystone State.
“I’m very fortunate to be able to perform with such a talented group of people. Each one of them adds so much to the band,” said Stoner. “It might sound trite, but if being part of the band was not fun, if it was not something myself or any other member enjoyed, we would not be doing it. One of the comments we hear the most after our shows is that it looks like we’re having a great time. And we are. And when that happens, everything about the playing and the vibe of the show is so much better.”