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.

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   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

Hagan

 

 

G Fred

EP

 

Clarke

 

 

 

 

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

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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”. www.highwideandhandsome.com. 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.

Recordings

 

 

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?

Coridino

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 CDBABY.com.

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

Vedauwoo

Only You Can Make Love Stay

Little Red Wagon

Calling Me Back Home

Never Sunshine, Always Rain

I Want To Be With You

Sagebrush

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

Video's

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

 

England

 

G. Fred

 

HWH 2008

 

EP Guitar

 

EP Banjo

 

EP Dobro

 

Rockygrass 1998

 

HWH Rialto

 

Flightline

 

Bosnia

 

On Set QVC

 

Cuba

HRB Promo 21 photos

 

1980

With Matt Clayton

 

1973

With David Ferretta

 

HRB Logo

 

1974

With Ernie Martinez

 

1975

With Soundman Billy Day

 

1976

Clarke, G. Fred, Hagan & EP

 

1977

Hagan, EP, G. Fred & Clarke

 

1978

With Rich Moore

 

1979

With Rich Moore

 

1981

 

1982

 

1983

 

1984

Coors with Manager JR Rozack

 

1986

With Jim Gregg

 

1987

With David Rodiguez

 

1988

 

1990

With Mark Rosenberg

 

1991

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.

 

IHLAT

 

CRW

 

GFS

 

EPD

 

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

 

F-15

 

Johnny Paycheck Show

 

Saudi Arabia

 

EP By Whitehawk

 

Bosco

 

Cowboy Cheerleaders

 

Radio Japan

 

EP & Dave Rodriguez in Greenland

 

F-15

 

Bosnia

 

Diego Garcia

 

Adak, AK

 

1983

 

Stock Show

 

Billy Day - Soundman

 

Hagan at Honolulu airport

 

Fiddle Bit

 

Loading it Up

 

EP Pagota

 

Greenland 2

 

1980

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