WhiteWater Ramble Releases "Dear Mr. Bankman" Video

Article Contributed by Regan Manageme… | Published on Sunday, September 22, 2013

DanceGrass masters Whitewater Ramble have revisited some of their more “traditional” roots with the release of their new video “Dear Mr. Bankman” from their 2013 release Roots & Groove. The video release coincides with an ambitious Fall 2013 tour.

“I love this video but it makes you think,” says Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth who produced the band’s album.  “We went for a "vintage" sound on this cut. Wouldn't it be nice if the sentiment of the song was "vintage" too. Unfortunately Dear Mr. Bankman could be sung by many family farmers today with the same conviction Patrick sings it here. This is a fun video about a not so fun truth. Great job guys!”

September of 2013 marks the five year anniversary of the start of the “Great Recession.” Whitewater Ramble wraps their own narrative over this difficult time with honest and thoughtful lyrics accompanied by a light “gee golly” knee-slapping feel.  The result is a “fusion of bluegrass and roots music into the 21st century.” Since its release, “Bankman” has been picked up by over 100 stations across the US. Canada and Europe for airplay.

Described as High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass, Whitewater Ramble (WWR) uses a simple recipe to craft its sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary-less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana.

Whitewater Ramble is now on tour behind Roots & Groove. The album showcases WWR’s growth as songwriters and musicians. Produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, the album features an array of special guests such as Andy Hall on dobro (Infamous Stringdusters), Andy Thorn on banjo (Leftover Salmon), Grammy Award winner John Macy on pedal steel and Bill McKay on piano (formerly of Leftover Salmon, Derek Trucks Band).

Fall Tour Dates:

9/19 - Cervantes' Other Side “Grass for That Ass” - Denver, CO w/ Tallgrass and Gipsy Moon
9/20 - Last Chance - Gunnison, CO
9/21 - Eldo - Crested Butte, CO - Post-Vinotok Party
9/27 - Sweetwater Grill - Steamboat Springs, CO
10/1 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH *
10/2 - Woodlands Tavern - Columbus, OH *
10/3 - 20th Century Theater - Cincinnati, OH *
10/4 - Bells Brewery - Kalamazoo, MI *
10/9 - Aggie Theater - Ft. Collins, CO * - co-bill
10/10 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO *
10/11 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO *
10/16 - Old St. Francis - Bend, OR
10/17 - Cozmic - Eugene, OR w/ Alder Street All Stars
10/18 - Nectar Lounge - Seattle, WA w/ Buzz Brump and Warren G Hardings
10/19 - Good Foot - Portland, OR w/ Sugarcane - co-bill
10/31 - Bones Brewing - Billings, MI ^
11/1 - Zebra - Bozeman, MT ^
11/2 - Top Hat - Missoula, MT - ^
11/3 - White Front - Phillipsburg, MT
11/7 - Cubby Bear - Chicago, IL +
11/8 - Miramar Theater - Milwaukee, WI w/ Horseshoes & Hand Grenades - co-bill
11/9 - 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN - +

* w/ Tea Leaf Green
^ w/ Lil' Smokies
+ w/ The Ragbirds