Though their influences hail from much further south, the Oak Street Ramblers call home the East Side of Madison, WI. A bluegrass band in the tradition of Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and Hazel Dickens, the Oak Street Ramblers specialize in bluegrass stompers, classic country weepers, and originals that, lyrical content aside, wouldn't sound out of place at a barn dance circa 1954.
Tight vocal harmonies figure prominently into the Oak Street Ramblers' sound, and the group features no less than five singers ready to take the microphone at any given time. The band is comprised of Ian Alderman on guitar and dobro, Willie Jones on mandolin, Jeff Kunkle on bass, Betty Stattelman-Scanlan on guitar, Mark Schlutt on banjo, and Tina Thompson on fiddle.
The Ramblers started playing out at the legendary Wonder's Pub in 2004, and they currently have monthly shows at the Alchemy Cafe and the Malt House. They have acquired a solid fan base and have been voted a favorite Madison-area folk/bluegrass band.
The Oak Street Ramblers have also performed the Barrymore Theater, the Marquette
Waterfront Festival, and the Brooklyn Bluegrass Festival. They have opened up for bluegrass legends James King and Audie Blaylock and shared bills with up-and-comers like Greensky Bluegrass and Head for the Hills. The Ramblers have received numerous accolades in the press, enjoyed radio support, performed live on television, and played to enthusiastic crowds across the Midwest. They are also available for private parties and functions.
The band recently released its debut, eponymous CD, which features 14 tracks of original and traditional bluegrass fare. The album has enjoyed brisk sales and has received both radio play and positive reviews. The Ramblers were also featured on the holiday compilation "Season's Greetings from Madison, WI".