Capitol Theatre going on a Remington Ryde for Mountain Music and Moonshine
The sound of a furiously played banjo and a raucous fiddle can be some of the most exciting music around.
Just ask Remington Ryde, a bluegrass band, that is set to bring its talent to the local scene.
Remington Ryde will be joined by another bluegrass band, Stoney Creek, as part of Mountain Music and Moonshine at The Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, Pa., on Friday, Feb. 22.
Ryan Frankhouser, the lead vocalist and acoustic guitar player, started Remington Ryde more than a decade ago when he was 18. He says his passion for bluegrass began to grow from an early age when he was introduced to the genre.
“I enjoyed the older, classic country music,” said Frankhouser, 35, in a phone interview prior to a scheduled performance in McConnellsburg, Pa. “There’s so many similarities between the old country and traditional bluegrass. I would go to bluegrass festivals, and from a young age that’s all I ever wanted to be a part of.
“The band formed about 14 years ago, it started out as a family band; the name of the band was Kountry Kousins. My cousin played the banjo. It started how everything else starts, a fun, family thing. As I did it more, I wanted to add better players and turn over to bluegrass, and that’s how the band formed into Remington Ryde.”
The name of the band is a reference from a popular Don Reno song.
“We did a lot of Don Reno music,” said Frankhouser, who grew up in McClure, Pa. “He has a famous song called ‘Remington Ride’, so I changed the Ride to Ryde, which is a little town in Pennsylvania.”
Remington Ryde has become a sought-after band to see for bluegrass fans, and has received numerous awards.
“The band grew in popularity, and in the last five years the band has really taken off,” Frankhouser said. “We play east coast to west coast, and we got signed to a label, Pinecastle Records.”
The first album Remington Ryde released was dedicated to James King, and was called “A Storyteller’s Memory.”
“The album has done really well. We had two songs land in the top ten on the bluegrass charts. In the last three or four years, we’ve had ten SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) award nominations in Tennessee. We were up for Entertainers of the Year.”
Frankhouser writes original music that he performs with Remington Ryde.
“It’s about 50/50 between covers and originals,” he explained. “We do a lot of classics and then songs that I wrote. I just had a song recorded by Mark Allen Cash, who is Johnny Cash’s nephew. The song he recorded of mine was ‘Grandpa Was My Guide’”.
Remington Ryde has toured extensively throughout the United States, and had many interesting encounters while on the road. According to Frankhouser, the band performs at least 100 days a year.
“The neat stories are when you can sit with folks like Ricky Skaggs and talk about the history of the music. ...or talking to Ralph Stanley. It’s great listening to people who got the music where it is today.”
Joining Frankhouser in the band are Billy Lee Cox (banjo), Stanley Efaw (mandolin/fiddle) and Ron Truman (bass).
The lineup for Remington Ryde’s show at The Capitol Theatre may include Frankhouser’s 4-year-old son Bodie Frankhouser, who plays the fiddle with the band sometimes.
Frankhouser says the group is excited to be playing in Chambersburg.
“The theater is our favorite setting to be in,” he said. “We’re looking forward to it. Whether you’re a true bluegrass fan or not, you can go to a bluegrass show and appreciate it. I think if people saw bluegrass shows live it would change their opinion on the music.”
Along with the bluegrass performances, alcohol will be served, including whiskey, beer, bourbon and moonshine.
Top photo: Ryan Frankhouser, lead vocal and guitarist for Remington Ryde, will bring his bluegrass band onto the stage at The Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, Pa. (Submitted photo)