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KG & The Ranger- Trail Talk
What People Are Saying About KG & The Ranger:

"They sing with charm and style, they yodel spectacularly, choose great material with unerring taste...Their growing and continuing success is well deserved." ~ Ranger Doug, Riders In The Sky

"Highly entertaining and professional - a great addition to our festival"
        D.A. Calloway, Entertainment director, Silver Dollar City, Branson MO.

"Thanks a million for doing such a nice job on my songs . . . Ranger Rick has a real cowboy voice"
        Patsy Montana, "America's Cowboy Sweetheart" 

"Songs that will get you toe-tapping and pick up your spirits"
        The Country Today - Eau Claire, Wisconsin 

"Images of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans come to mind"
        The Wisconsin State Journal - Madison Wisconsin 

"Most (of the audience) came to the concert not knowing what to expect, but they left as fans."
        Pat Thom, Janesville WI. Parks and Recreation Dept. 

"Thanks for the wonderful entertainment . . . you were truly the highlight of the day."
        Crestwood Elementary School PTO - Madison, Wisconsin 

"I just relived my childhood - going to see Westerns at the Saturday matinees every week!"
        Resident at a seniors' apartment complex 

"Cowboy music makes us strong and healthy!"
        from a 4 1/2 year old fan

Excerpts from letters . . .

From Steve Downes, Music Coordinator of the Canyon Country Western Arts Festival, Cedar City, Utah:
"Thank you for being such a big part of the Canyon Country Western Arts Festival and for the great contribution you made and  your willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to make it such a success. We had many comments from so many people about how the quality of the music was absolutely first class."

From Mark Allen, International Director of the Wild West Arts Club, Las Vegas, Nevada:
"On behalf of the Wild West Arts Club, I would like to thank you . . . the convention wouldn't be the same without  you. You are excellent performers who never cease to amaze us with your versatility and class! The Wild West Arts Club feels a special kinship to you and we would like to thank you once again for all your support and great performances though out the years."

From Jeff Menn, chairman of Wild West Days, Viroqua Wisconsin:
"Our organization has had the pleasure of Rick Roltgen and Karen Gogolick performing at our events. In 1998 they were our opening act for our Riders in the Sky concert, and were a big hit with our audience. Their command of Western music is outstanding and contributes greatly to both our Old West and New West themes. They have done a great job of promoting the Western music genre."

More excerpts from letters:
"KG & The Ranger put on one heck of a show. They are just so enjoyable, play great music and put on a wonderful show. Gene Autry and Jimmy Long would be pleased to sit in on their show." Doug Watson, proprietor, Watson's Wild West Museum, Elkhorn, WI.

"Their beautiful harmonies and toe-tapping renditions of traditional western tunes are real crowd pleasers. . . " Brian Downes, Buffalo Bill Encampment coordinator, Circus World Museum Parade Grounds

"Karen and Rick are not only keeping Western music alive in the upper Midwest, they are also setting a standard of excellence."  Dale Goodner, musician

"Your amazing yodeling, great rope tricks and wonderful cowboy songs were really a treat. I especially liked the way you engaged the audience . . . and taught the kids how to spin ropes after the show. Thanks again for a great day."  Andrea Pelloquin, Kids in the Crossroads coordinator, Madison Civic Center

"On behalf of the hundreds of children and parents who came to the Crossroads last weekend, thank you for a wonderful toe-tapping, foot-stomping, lariat-twirling performance. Your music was thoroughly enjoyable. Your harmonies were divine! You certainly engaged the audience and skillfully entertained all age groups."  Emily Shultz, Kids in the Crossroads coordinator, Madison Civic Center

"Your performance was enthusiastically received, and we heard numerous favorable comments. Your group is polished, professional, and very entertaining, and we were thrilled to include you in the event."  Tallman Arts Festival, Rock County Historical Society

"The harmonies and yodels are wonderful."  Dee Strickland Johnson, cowboy poet

Awards and Nominations

  • Outstanding Entertainer - Duo - 2010 Western Music Association
  • America's Old Time Music Hall of Fame Inductee - 2011
  • 1st Place Harmony Singing Contest - 2007, Western Music Association
  • Montie Montana Award for Showmanship 2005, Wild West Arts Club
  • International Harmony Yodeling Champions 1999, 2002, and 2005 Western Music Association
  • Finalist/nominee Yodeler of the Year (KG), Academy of Western Artists
  • "Crescendo" award nominees, Western Music Association
  • "Rising Star" award nominees, Academy of Western Artists
  • "Western Music Duo/Group" nominees, Academy of Western Artists
  • Harmony Singing contest winners, Minnesota Bluegrass Assoc.
  • Talent Round-Up - 1st and 2nd place winners 1999, Patsy Montana Days
  • Parade award: Most Original Float, Tobacco Heritage Days Parade 2005
For booking information, or to get on our mailing list, contact:
Karen Gogolick & Rick Roltgen
2517 Waunona Way, Madison WI 53713 608-222-4084

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