"'Eclectic' doesn't even begin to cover the self-titled debut from The Ramblin Years. Before the nine-track
album is finished, the local quintet bounces from country-tinged rock to folk to hip-hop and back. Album opener
"Hold On to You" seems like a straightforward country tune until Daniel Dunn comes through with a jazz club-worthy
- Seattle Weekly
"A group that is easy to enjoy upon first listen. Their music is a warm country/alt hybrid that contains
poppy melodies [and] exceptional vocal harmonies...clean, crisp and adds an upbeat energy into the mix...The
band attempts and pulls off three different styles which I'm pretty sure is indicative of what we can expect the
band to build off of on their second album. Nickels & Dimes is short, sweet and thoroughly enjoyable."
- The Equal Ground
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"The Ramblin' Years new EP 'Nickels and Dimes' is a refreshing sound of Americana goodness for the soul. Beautiful melodies
and harmonies allow their songs to soar into your heart, get your feet tapping and you can't help but sing along. I know
you'll enjoy it. I sure do!"
- NWCZ Tacoma
"The Ramblin' Years sound pure and full of life... Great songwriting, and very lovely vocal harmonies. The eclectic
sound of The Ramblin' Years will at times make you feel free from genre... keeps you excited to hear what comes next. The
infectious hooks and sax melodies will stay with you. It only takes one listen to find yourself singing along."
- Adrian VanBatenburg, of Ganges River Band
"Seattle needs more honest bands like The Ramblin' Years."
- Mark Naron, Fastback Studios
The Ramblin' Years blend stunning vocal harmonies, crisp guitars, soaring saxophone, and a slamming rhythm section to create their unique brand of country-fried rock’n’roll.
Katie Sweeney, Sean Clavere, Daniel Dovinh, and Daniel Dunn met as students at Seattle University in 2011. After their first show winning the university’s battle of the bands, they became a favorite among their peers. Playing the main stage at the campus music festival, where they opened for Ivan & Alyosha and Brother Ali, soon led to packing devoted crowds into Chop Suey and the Comet Tavern. After graduating, The Ramblin’ Years released a self-produced debut album in February 2014, recorded in their living room, including the original songs their friends had come to love. Much to the band’s surprise and delight, the release show nearly sold out Chop Suey on a rainy Sunday night and their record sold hundreds of copies.
With an invitation from the nationally-recognized Tractor Tavern to open for Signature Sounds’ band Parsonsfield in May 2014, The Ramblin’ Years began performing for elated crowds in Seattle’s neighborhood of roots-rock, Ballard. Ever-increasing numbers of fans began clamoring to see their country-fried rock’n’roll at The Tractor, Sunset Tavern, and Connor Byrne Pub. Having caught the ear of Fastback Studios' head engineer and producer, Jason Lackie, the band began new partnerships with him and Fastback engineer Mitch Edwards, who assumed the role of bassist. In March 2015, The Ramblin’ Years released their first studio EP, “Nickels & Dimes”, to a packed Tractor Tavern. The single, “Come on Carla”, soon became an audience favorite with its boom-chucka rhythm and choir-sized harmonies. Nickels & Dimes included Bill Nordwall on keys (formerly of Seattle band Exohxo) and renowned mastering artist Ed Brooks on pedal steel, who also mastered the record. His daunting resume includes Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile, Death Cab for Cutie, The Head and The Heart, The Shins, and many more.
Riding the momentum of Nickels & Dimes, The Ramblin’ Years completed a West coast tour in the Spring of 2015 and have played music festivals such as Northwest Folklife, Seattle Acoustic Fest, and Macefield Music Festival. They continued selling out Seattle venues alongside bands such as Vaudeville Etiquette, Lonely Mountain Lovers, and The Foghorns.
2016 looks promising for The Ramblin’ Years. Their second Fastback EP, “Halfway Somewhere” is set to release on Saturday, January 23rd at world-famous Neumo’s, with high-powered opening acts Duke Evers, The Swearengens, and Stefan Paul George & the Vices. The new EP features Bill Nordwall on keys and Jay Kardong on pedal steel (Brandi Carlile, Sera Cahoone, The Swearengens). Another West coast tour and Summer festival routes are in the works. The Ramblin’ Years are heading your way!