Runaway Express, a fixture of the Denver music
scene for 20 years, announces the release of Oh, Boy!.
a follow-up to their acclaimed Yeah, Buddy!, released
in 2000. Both are collections of tunes recorded by the legendary West
Texas rock innovator, Buddy Holly.
One might think that this band was stuck in the 50s.
Consider these facts and decide for yourself:
Last August Runaway Express performed an amazing 5-hour (no breaks!!)
All Woodstock Music Extravaganza featuring songs by The Band, Crosby,
Stills and Nash, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Creedence
Clearwater Revival, Richie Havens, Neil Young, John Sebastian, the
Grateful Dead and The Who. Theyve been doing a summer Woodstock
show since 1994. Maybe theyre stuck in the 60s.
The band has backed up numerous artists, including the Ragin
Cajun Doug Kershaw, Chuck Berry, Michael Martin Murphy, The
Coasters, The Kingston Trio, and John Prine. In 1986 Runaway Express
joined forces with John McEuen of the Dirt Band, and Jim and Salli
continue to perform with John from time to time.
Runaway Express played a 30-song tribute to Bob Dylan at The Taste
Of Colorado in Denver. They are unafraid of lengthy theme shows
on almost any topic as they skip through the years and musical genres.
Runaway Express claims an astounding repertoire of
The band has released many albums of original material during their
20 years of recording. Their last release, NATURE, was
a collaboration with the Aerie Nature Series, featuring a collection
of Jims songs about wildlife and wild places. These tunes have
been used in school presentations by Perry Conway and have been heard
by tens of thousands of Colorado kids. Jim has also written songs
recorded by legendary folk groups The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters,
and The Dillards.
Runaway Express has performed at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival
6 times and played the Red Rocks stage.
Jims song HOWLIN AT THE MOON was recorded
by world class instrumentalist and king of Telluride,
Sam Bush. It was the single release and title track of his 1998 album
and was #3 on the National Bluegrass Charts for two months. The song
was #79 on Bluegrass Unlimiteds Top 200 Songs of the Decade
Runaway Express has received Westwords Best of Denver
awards for Best Country Recording, Best Collaboration With An Established
Star, and a readers choice for Best Dance Band.
Jims work with members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band includes
his involvement with The Wild Jimbos. The NGDBs Jimmy Ibbotson
is the wildest Jimbo and their MCA Wild Jimbos project
included the single Lets Talk Dirty In Hawaiian.
A summertime release, the video of that song was in heavy rotation
on the country music television networks CMT and TNN. Swimming against
the mainstream, Wild Jimbos provided an eclectic alternative for country
listeners with their bluegrass flavored, country-folk inspired Colorado
Americana music. Ibbotson has written the best Colorado songs this
side of John Denver. Hour-long Wild Jimbo encores of spontaneous and
passionate musical explosions were not uncommon. Sam Bush was in the
Runaway Express may be the most fearless request band in the state.
And, most remarkably, Jim and Salli have performed together for 2
decades and remain happily married!
No, this group is not lost in the 50s, any more than theyre
lost in the wonderful smorgasbord of classic country, rock, folk,
bluegrass, blues, reggae and roots/Americana music that has inspired
3 generations of Americans to allow these songs to be the soundtrack
of their lives.
Listen to Runaway Express give 14 Buddy Holly classics the Runaway
Express treatment on their new release Oh, Boy! and come
to a show with an oblique request. You might be surprised.
Express is Salli and Jim Ratts, Scott Bennett,
Ted Cole, Butch Hause, Ernie Martinez and Dr. Dan Jones.
P.O. Box 2333, Englewood, Colorado 80150