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Edgy country at the Summit

Leslie BreffieldSummit County CorrespondentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

DILLON – Although they add a healthy dose of punk, Denver country band the Railbenders is firmly rooted in the traditional styles of country. Ben O’Connor of Whiskey Trip also cites his mother’s collection of music – Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson – as attracting him to the genre. Whiskey Trip, which along with the Railbenders, perform this weekend at the BBQ at the Summit in Dillon, plays “purely standards, songs that were country hits and barroom standards,” O’Connor said. The group of five, with the exception of one, all play for other bands as well.The Railbenders, who say their common thread of influence among members is the country influence of their youth, add their individual musical backgrounds to make a harder sounding country.Dalton, along with bassist Tyson Murray were playing together in a jump blues band when they discovered their shared interest in “old school” country. On the subject of pop influence in modern country, Dalton said, “It’s pretty vanilla and cookie-cutter that comes out of a lot of major labels. I prefer something with a little edge.Check out the Railbenders from 7:30-9:30 p.m. today and Whiskey Trip from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.


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