Bands and Notes

Hollywood Rodeo Band

1976 - 1999

Hollywood Rodeo Band

1976 - 1999

The Hollywood Rodeo Band was a popular regional band based out of Denver, Colorado.    Founding members were EP Davis, Clarke Wright, Hagan Day and Ernie Martinez.   G. Fred Swanson was the next to join the group in 1977 and Ernie went on to pursue other opportunities.  Through the years the core of the Band would remain EP, Clarke and Fred.  Other Musicians who worked with the group were, Matt Clayton, Rich Moore, Matt Pulizzi, David Rodriguez, Jim Gregg and Mark Rosenberg.

J.R. Rozack spent some time as manager, Billy Day was sound engineer and Steve Crabb worked security and record sales.


   The Hollywood Rodeo Band was a popular Denver country band presenting mostly original music, often featured on Denver radio KBRQ, KLZ and KLAK as well as many TV appearances.   They had a strong Colorado and regional following, recorded many LP records and CDs.   The band members were EP Davis, Clarke Wright,

G. Fred Swanson, Hagan Day and Matt Clayton.

    In 1986 they were voted one of the top ten country bands in the United States by Willie Nelson and the Wrangler Country Music invitational at Willie Nelson’s nightclub in Austin, Texas, as well as voted best Denver Band by Westward Magazine and The Rocky Mountain News.  They were back-up band for many visiting Nashville artists including Johnny Rodriguez, David Frizell, Ferlin Husky, Johnny Wright & Peggy Sue, Johnny Paycheck, as well as opening act for Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr., Asleep At The Wheel and Ernest Tubb to name a few.

    The Hollywood Rodeo Band was house band at the famed Four Seasons in Denver until it was destroyed by fire on April 1, 1986.

    After 1986 they toured extensively for the USO/DOD in over 60 countries and were awarded the Civilian Service Medal by The Department of Defense.

First Overseas Tour Hawaii / Guam 1978




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High, Wide and Handsome

1998 - 2009

Who is High, Wide and Handsome?  All of them claim to be “the one”


HIGH, WIDE & HANDSOME is a dynamic trio presenting acoustic music and delightful comedy.  The trio's talented use of their many instruments allows them to perform a wide variety of musical styles. Bluegrass, Classic Country, Cowboy Songs and classic favorites from the 30s, 40s, and 50s are presented in the trio's unique style, with a heapin’-helpin’ of spontaneous, lighthearted fun for the whole family.

For over 30 years, High, Wide and Handsome has been delighting audiences with their western music program that preserves the proud traditional western heritage unique to our part of the country.  The show is guaranteed to get the toes tapping and put a smile on everyone’s face!

Performing in over fifty countries world wide for two United States Presidents, the trio brings a wealth of entertainment experience to any convention group or special event. Call today! They will be riding your way...High, Wide and Handsome.

High, Wide and Handsome at Planet Bluegrass's "Rockygrass" Festival
in Lyons,  CO. -  Aug. '98


Clarke: Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals, Electric and Upright Bass

Clarke’s website


EP: Banjo, Piano, Vocals, Guitar, Steel Guitar, Dobro

EP’s website


Fred: Vocals, Guitar, Electric
and Upright Bass

AND This

In the late 1990s EP, Clarke and G. Fred returned to their roots, discarding the drums and electric instruments to form the trio “High, Wide and Handsome”. They continued to tour for the USO/DOD overseas and recorded 4 CDs.   They were all acoustic and performed at festivals and were featured on the QVC shopping network.  With Bosco, the Boy Cow they also did children’s performances and military bases in the US.




High, Wide and Handsome (1998)

Great classic country and bluegrass. Recorded by Charles Sawtelle at Rancho DeVille.  Special guests: Ernie Martinez on Steel, Jo Gable on Accordion and Mollie O’Brien, courtesy of Sugar Hill Records.


One Dozen Roses

My Hillbilly Gal

Soldiers Joy

Doggone Cowboy

Cowbell Polka

Western Sky

Will You Be Loving Another Man?


Down The Trail To San Antoine

Jerusalem Ridge

Lights of Old Santa Fe

Thunder and Lightning


Clarke Wright: Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Fiddle

G. Fred Swanson; Vocals, Bass Fiddle, Guitar

EP Davis: Guitar, Banjo, Dobro


CDs may still be available. Check EP’s website or

Dreamer’s Lullaby (2001)

Mostly original tunes written by G. Fred Swanson.  Great Steel Guitar by Ernie Martinez. Dreamy and mellow


I’ll Love You Till The End Of Time

Here I Am, There I Go

Dreamer’s Lullaby


Only You Can Make Love Stay

Little Red Wagon

Calling Me Back Home

Never Sunshine, Always Rain

I Want To Be With You


Dreamer’s Farewell



Clarke Wright: Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Fiddle

G. Fred Swanson; Vocals, Bass Fiddle, Guitar

EP Davis: Guitar, Banjo, Dobro

Produced & arranged by High, Wide and Handsome for HRB Entertainment

Recorded & mixed by Charles Sawtelle Rancho De Ville, Boulder, Colorado

Mastered by David Glasser Airshow Inc., Boulder, CO (formerly of Springfield, VA)

We are proud to announce the release of the Hollywood Rodeo Band CD

Cowboy-Bluegrass Honky-tonk Dancehall Music

This recording is the best of four albums that were recorded in the 1980s and has been remastered by David Glasser at Airshow in Boulder Colorado

Now Available Through iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon


The Beaumont Shuffle

Reuben's Train

Pass the Biscuits

Lusty Glaze

Long Dark Night

Dreamer's Lullaby

Veeda Vous

Knots In the Devil's Tail



All videos courtesy of d4i Production Studio

Fort Collins, CO

High, Wide & Handsome17 photos

HWH & Bosco


High Wide and Handsome


HWH & Gerald Ford


Holloman AFB


HWH Greeley




G. Fred


HWH 2008


EP Guitar


EP Banjo


EP Dobro


Rockygrass 1998


HWH Rialto






On Set QVC



HRB Promo 21 photos



With Matt Clayton



With David Ferretta


HRB Logo



With Ernie Martinez



With Soundman Billy Day



Clarke, G. Fred, Hagan & EP



Hagan, EP, G. Fred & Clarke



With Rich Moore



With Rich Moore









Coors with Manager JR Rozack



With Jim Gregg



With David Rodiguez





With Mark Rosenberg



With Matt Pullzzi


EP Honolulu


EP Guam


High Wide and Handsome 1998

Silverball Country Band

    Silverball had it’s beginnings in the basement of David Ferretta’s music store.  In the middle 70s the Bluegrass scene in Colorado waned and saw the closing of The Global Village, The Denver Folklore Center (later to reopen in the 90s) and eventually even Ferretta Music Service.  

    David took to playing poker professionally and EP and Clarke took advantage of the rising popularity of country music in Colorado.  EP took up the steel guitar and Clarke the fiddle.  They joined with Ernie Martinez, G. Fred Swanson, Hagan Day on drums with sound-man Billy Day to form Silverball, which would later become The Hollywood Rodeo Band.   Silverball worked the nightclubs in Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, and New Mexico.

Eric P. David 1953 - 2019

In October 2019, our dear friend and saddle pal, EP Davis passed away.  We are all heartbroken. 

G. Fred 1952 - 2009


In December 2009 our dear friend and saddle pal

G. Fred Swanson passed away.

He is surely missed by his family and friends.  Farewell saddle pal.

Hollywood Rodeo Band
48 photos

Here are some promotional photographs of EP and the guys taken over the years.










Colorado Springs


EP & Charles


Arrival In Hawaii 78


Red Rocks


G. Fred & EP


HRB North Korea


EP C-130


EP Gas Mask


EP on Johnston Atoll


Clarke sleeping in a C-130


Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders


Loading it Up


EP Pagota


EP Korea


EP at bus in Japan


HRB Logo


EP Honolulu


HRB DoD Logo


Johnny Paycheck Show


HRB Berchtesgaden


EP Kuwait


Pete Smyth


David Frizell




Johnny Paycheck Show


Saudi Arabia


EP By Whitehawk




Cowboy Cheerleaders


Radio Japan


EP & Dave Rodriguez in Greenland






Diego Garcia


Adak, AK




Stock Show


Billy Day - Soundman


Hagan at Honolulu airport


Fiddle Bit


Loading it Up


EP Pagota


Greenland 2



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