Ellwood City Ledger

The Wrangler Band Was a Crowd Pleaser

Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2015 11:45 pm

The Wrangler Band was welcomed back to the Community Plaza stage by more than 150 people. Recently they played at the Plaza during the Farmer’s Market, but before that they hadn’t played a Plaza concert since 2013. They opened with “You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.”

Guitarist and vocalist Ron George asked the question, “Are we ready to have fun?” and the reply was a resounding yes.

The Wrangler Band is Ron, Randy George, Christy George Kopsac and Dave Hepler and they soon had the crowd clapping and singing along.

The non-stop show continued with Randy singing “Rock Me” which transitioned into “Play Me Some Mountain Music” that featured Christy with a fiddle solo in the middle.

Christy, who also plays the keyboard, did a crowd pleasing solo with Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight.”

Ron and Randy divided the plaza in half and encouraged their half to make the most noise, the crowd responded and were really loud.

The warm evening heated up when Christy played “Orange Blossom Special” and at Ron’s encouragement brought it down the line faster and faster.

For a change of pace Christy’s daughters, Alena, 4 and Addie, 3, sang “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

The two charmers, obviously the stars of tomorrow, continued to charm the audience by dancing in the aisles during the evening.

Ron, Randy and Christy did the vocals, together and solo. They brought crowd pleasing mix of old and new with “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, Miranda Lambert’s “I’m Giving up on Love,” “Little White Church” by Little Big Town and “You Never Did Think” by Charlie Daniels.

There was lots of toe tapping and even a little clogging by three women who obviously couldn’t resist the country tempo.

Drummer Dave Hepler never missed a beat with his solo, the traditional drum challenge, “Wipeout.” The crowd showed their appreciation big time.

Another highlight of the evening was Christy’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Christy, who was enthusiastic about the venue, thanked the audience for coming.

“We appreciate being here. This is a great place to play. Ellwood City did a great job and I like the new bathrooms, too,” Christy said.

Randy is one of the Wrangler Band’s founding members and is proficient in several styles of music. Christy, has been playing the fiddle since she was 6-years old and has won a number of trophies in fiddle competitions in the tri-state area. Ron, one of the original members of the Wrangler Band, has been making music for over 30 years and plays several different instruments. Dave has been with the Wrangler Band for several years and plays a wide variety of music from classic and jazz to country and classic rock.

The three men are school teachers; Ron, who lives in Shenango Township teaches elementary school in New Castle; Randy, who lives in Strattonville, teaches elementary school in Clarion County; and Hepler, who lives in Sligo, is a music teacher in Clarion County. Currently Christy, the mother of three, is choosing to be a stay-at-home mom.

Regular concert goer, Sam Pawlowski, from Perry Township, said it was another great concert.

“I like this down-home family music. Everyone can relate to it,” Pawlowski said.

Shirley Dominelli, also from Perry Township, attends all the concerts.

“It was great. I love music. I just love to sit and listen to it and this had lots of up-tempo songs,” Dominelli said.

Kathy Smiley, from Franklin Township, is a fan of the group and said she was pleased with the concert.

“We try to come to all the concerts. We like this group. We went to Pearson Park to hear them,” Smiley said.

Ken Brown, from Ellwood City said he isn’t big on Country music but enjoyed the concert and particularly Christy’s fiddle playing.

Tony Carrazza, from Ellwood City, he liked everything about it.

The concerts are sponsored by the Ellwood City Community Enrichment and are supported by donations from businesses and individuals.

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