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Twenty-thousand Watts Up Your Wazoo: Meet Rat Ranch

Jun 03, 2011 02:12PM ● By SCENE MAGAZINE STAFF
There is only one band that can sing Kid Rock’s song “Bawitdaba” better than Kid Rock. Oh yes, I said it. BETTER THAN KID ROCK. It’s Rat Ranch.

Of course, a Kid Rock song is only one of many top hits to be heard when you see this magnetic band perform live. Prepare to be treated to “classic rock, current radio hits and everything in between.”

The SCENE Magazine caught up with Rat Ranch at Sherlock's Baker St. Pub - Clear Lake last month. It was a little tough to maneuver the crowded dance floor, but well worth it. These guys are so good at what they do. I mean, of course, it’s about delivering the music with “maximum impact and rock concert-like energy,” but the stage show is so much fun to watch! The interaction between Kent Newman (guitar/vocals), Brett Axelson (guitar/vocals), Rick Valadez (drums) and Scott Madigan (bass/vocals) are priceless.

Rat Ranch came into existence in 1989. Today, they perform over 200 shows a year and “entertain thousands of people every week in clubs across Texas.” Thankfully Sherlock’s books Rat Ranch regularly on multiple nights, so there is never a reason to miss a show! And during the summer months at the Kemah Boardwalk, this band will “Rock The Dock.” Though they are a cover band when performing live, Rat Ranch has released three original CDs: “TALES” (1997), “TOO MANY SHOES” (1999) and “CLEAR” (2001). All three CDs can be downloaded from their website at

So, if your music tastes range from “Prince to Metallica...Bryan Adams to White Zombie...Stray Cats to Aerosmith” AND you can handle “20,000 watts up your wazoo,” then you need to check a Rat Ranch show. “Like” Rat Ranch on Facebook, and never be out of the loop again!

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