“No apologies... brash and beautiful.”
-Kai-Yao Lan, Seattle Music News 1/26/16
“The Ramblin’ Years brought a set of high-powered Americana bathed in traditional rock and roll and country elements to a noticeably more packed Neumos. With a saxophone and synth likely set to “70’s FM radio hit” at their disposal, they were flat-out Springsteenian in their aesthetic and impact... I was really surprised and impressed. While The Ramblin’ Years were the most musically traditional of the bands I saw, they somehow felt the biggest and least local.”
- Jon Rooney, The Monarch Review on Capitol Hill Block Party 2016
“If there’s one thing about The Ramblin’ Years that should go unquestioned, it’s that their great big sound is always on point, their attitude always ready to party, and their crowd, always on board.”
- Stephanie Dore, Seattle Music News, 4/9/16
“The Ramblin’ Years had a full house of fans in party mode for their set at Ballard’s Tractor Tavern... TRY’s eclectic sound – the product of a collaborative group with endless influences – is infectious. Their vocal harmonies are difficult to not sing along with and their upbeat energy never fails to ignite the crowd... The drawling groove and fireball wails of their tracks swing from honky-tonk to jazz club with ease. At the end of their set, the crowd is talking, “They were great. A lot of great sounds, rocking, harmonic, country, roots.” And it’s true. TRY can rock with the best of them.”
- Stephanie Dore, Seattle Music News, 4/26/16
"'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 saxophone solo."
- Seattle Weekly, 2015
"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
“TRY’s eclectic sound – the product of a collaborative group with endless influences – is infectious. Their vocal harmonies are difficult to not sing along with and their upbeat energy never fails to ignite the crowd.” - Seattle Music News
Katie Sweeney, Sean Clavere, Daniel Dovinh, and Daniel Dunn met as students in the Seattle University Choir in 2011. After their first-ever show won the university’s battle of the bands, they became a favorite among their peers and spent a few years slaying college parties. Playing the main stage at the campus music festival in 2013, 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 demo in February 2014, recorded in their living room with nothing but the original songs their friends had come to love and a few cheap microphones. 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.
When the nationally-recognized Tractor Tavern invited them to open for Signature Sounds’ band Parsonsfield in May 2014, The Ramblin’ Years began performing for elated crowds in Ballard, Seattle’s neighborhood of roots-rock. Ever-increasing numbers of fans began clamoring to see their Americana rock’n’roll at The Tractor, The Sunset, 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 2014. 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 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, The Swearengens, and Lonely Mountain Lovers.
The band kicked off 2016 in full force, releasing their second Fastback EP “Halfway Somewhere” in January at world-famous Neumos with the room at capacity. The record again featured Bill Nordwall on keys and welcomed Jay Kardong on pedal steel (Brandi Carlile, Sun Volt, Sera Cahoone). 2016 was a great year for the band. They played again to a maxed-out Neumos as part of Capitol Hill Block Party alongside major-label artists. They toured wineries and ski resorts all over Washington to save up money for a full length album and began growing an audience in Portland, OR.
The start of 2017 sees the band working on their first full-length studio album with producer Jason Lackie at Fastback. They’re opening for renowned artists like Jamie Wyatt, Henry Wagons, and The Dusty 45’s, and creating a business model to take to the road full-time. Stay tuned, Ramble On!