With a love and passion for Western music and â€œThe Cowboy Way,â€ The Lost Canyon Rangers were formed in 2002. Their "pard-nership" includes their fearless leader, Skeeter Mann (lead vocals, guitar & banjo), the "Sweetheart of the West", "Miss Lindalee" (harmony, duet, lead vocals & spoons) and their incredible instrumentalist, Howard Yearwood (lead guitar, dobro, mandolin & harmony vocals). The angelic and melodic voice of â€œMiss Lindaleeâ€ combined with the dynamic yet dreamy voice of â€œSkeeter Mannâ€ & the charm & musical brilliance of â€œHoward Yearwoodâ€, simply causes an almost hypnotic effect on their audience! Their three octave ranges and harmonies are enticing and powerful. Add to it the finely tuned instrumentals performed by Skeeter Mann and the extremely talented Howard Yearwood, and it becomes a fun filled, nostalgic, western journey that you will not want to miss! Each has decades of experience in several facets of the entertainment & music genres, but their hearts belong to the traditional and contemporary music of the cowboy!! Today you will find The Lost Canyon Rangers at the pulse of western music, performing as a duet, trio or quartette & sharing their gift of music throughout the world. They will transport you to the days of Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Gene Autry & Hopalong Cassidy, and then magically bring you into to the life of the modern day cowboy. Tapping feet, clapping hands, & big-olâ€™, toothy grins abound while â€œThe Rangersâ€ engage their audience.
Skeeter Mann is a cowboy through & through. He grew up on a farm in the southern tip of Illinois in a little town called Odin. He worked for Houchie Lewis Ranch in Salem, Illinois as a wrangler/waddie in the 70â€™s, where he rounded up 2 year old colts and green broke them to be sold at auction or to folks coming out to the ranch to buy horses. He was also a part time jockey and represented the Lewis Ranch for many races at the fairgrounds in Salem. After moving to Southern California he worked for Johnny Carpenter at his â€œHeaven On Earth Ranchâ€ in Lake View Terrace, California. There he lead many trail rides and assisted children and â€˜dudesâ€™ with the horses. Because Johnny Carpenter was a movie director, Skeeter also spent time riding in movies and doing horse stunts.
Using the nickname his grandmother gave him as a child, â€œSkeeterâ€™sâ€ musical career has run the entire spectrum of entertainment. He began at the age of ten playing the Carter Families â€œWildwood Flowerâ€ on guitar at his local one room school house in Southern Illinois. Many throughout the town listened and loved his music. After moving to the California desert, Skeeterâ€™s love for music and entertaining got him involved in many school plays and talent shows. In high school he added the drums to his instruments and played in the school band. He also sang baritone with the glee club. In his sophomore year he joined the famous touring singing group â€œUp With Peopleâ€ and traveled throughout the Western United States. He had the opportunity to perform for Pope John XXIII, Ronald Regan and John Kennedy. After a hitch in the Marines, Skeeter also decided to try his hand in the movie business working as extra and a stuntman in such features as â€œBilly Jackâ€ (Tom Laughlin), â€œPat Garret and Billy The Kidâ€ (James Colburn & Kris Kristofferson), â€œBig Bad Mamaâ€ (William Shatner & Angie Dickinson) and the most famous movie we all know and love, â€œPaint Your Wagonâ€! He then worked for 15 years as rhythm guitarist and back-up singer for the late, great Tex Williams. After Tex passed on, Skeeter fronted his own band â€œWhite Horseâ€ which was very successful on the west coast for several years.
For several years now Skeeter Mann has been hosting and producing a nationally syndicated radio show know as â€œCountry Music Then & Nowâ€. This show has been broadcasted worldwide and has been heard on KCLA and over the internet at www.classicheartland.com. Now, as lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and banjo player for â€œThe Lost Canyon Rangers,â€ Skeeter has found the niche heâ€™s been searching for all his life.
â€œMiss Lindaleeâ€ Green was born in Hollywood, CA, and is a second generation native of California. A cowgirl at heart, one of her first jobs was at the local stables in Chatsworth, brushing down horses and sweeping out stalls. The trade was simpleâ€¦ she got to be around her precious four legged friends. She grew up around many of our well known and deeply loved tinsel town cowboys. Her grandfather, Charlie Woeckener, was one of William â€œHoppyâ€ & Grace Boydâ€™s preferred drivers and her step father, Fred Palmer, rode many a trail through the Santa Susanna Mountains in Chatsworth, CA, with many great cowboys, including Roy Rogers and Montie Montana. In fact, her very first horse, a Palomino of 17 hands, was named after our beloved Trigger.
A former â€œMiss Veniceâ€ & active SAG member, â€œMiss Lindaleeâ€, has spent many years working in front of and behind the camera on commercials, movies, multi-media & photo shoots. She was nick-named the â€œButterfly Ladyâ€ by Mattel film crews, because of her uncanny ability to set a butterfly onto the finger of a child, so it could be filmed. She has recently become the co-hosting with Skeeter Mann on his fabulous radio show, "Country Music Then & Now", which has been broadcasted all over the world. She has loved the â€œbright lights and applauseâ€ since she bounced on â€œUncle Leslieâ€ Martinsonâ€™s knee as an infant, and has been singing since she was 3â€¦ but it wasnâ€™t until she united with â€œThe Lost Canyon Rangersâ€, that her life became completely balanced and genuinely blessed! Sharing the gift of music and making people smile is what she and The Rangers are truly all about! â€œIf for only a moment you can loose yourself in the serenity & magic of any one of Godâ€™s miraculous melodiesâ€¦ then my job has been doneâ€ she says.
Howard Yearwood is the most recent member of the Lost Canyon Rangers. He has been blessed with the genius of music from birth & is a highly sought after musician from Los Angeles, CA to Nashville, TN. Howard has performed with some of the greats, such as Vince Gill, John Forgerty, Bill Monroe and has opened for Rick Nelson, Johnny Lee, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakam, Allison Krause, etc. (the actual list is too numerous to mention). He is a Fingerstyle & Flatpick guitar expert, and plays numerous others instruments including mandolin, banjo, bass, dobro & keyboard. From his boots to the tip of his hat, he has the ability to transform simple sounds into musical perfection. We are very grateful to have his gift and presence and are honored to have him producing our cowboy western & gospel albums.
Both Lindalee Green & Skeeter Mann are active members of the Western Music Association. Skeeter is the President of the California Chapter and Miss Lindalee Green is Secretary to the California Chapter and a member of the WMA National Board. They are also member of the Academy of Western Artists and the CCMA.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Happy Rovin' Cowboy
2. Cowboy & the Queen
3. High, Wide & Handsome
4. Tumblin' Tumbleweeds
5. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
6. Born To Be A Cowboy
7. Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette
8. The Gift
9. Back In The Saddle Again