Meet the Harvest Ranch Wranglers
Ricky Boen, Teresa Garner & Darrell Boen
Ricky Boen, Teresa Garner & Darrell Boen
Ricky Boen – Ricky grew up surrounded by musicians and western music, so it was not surprising to anyone when at the age of 10 Ricky’s dad put a fiddle in his hand. Darrell Boen, a noted musician in his own right, began teaching Ricky the art of playing Western swing. Growing up in the middle of family “jam sessions”, Ricky already had a keen interest in the music of Bob Wills and Johnny Gimble so these tutoring lessons were a pleasure for both of the Boen men. However Ricky’s dad believed in learning the right way-so he insisted that Ricky also have training in proper classical violin. Ricky joined the orchestra in 5th grade and continued with it until he graduated from Permian High School in 1979. But this classical training had not dampened his love of Western swing. By the age of 15 Ricky was playing in local dance halls with various bands.
While still in high school Ricky’s grandmother convinced him to enter a “little fiddle contest” over in Crockett, Texas. When Ricky showed up the day of the contest he discovered it was more than just a “little fiddle contest” it was the World Champion contest that had been held in Crockett since the 1920s and was attended by all the greats. Ricky didn’t win that year but the contest did inspire him to keep improving his talent. Along with his Dad, Ricky began logging in thousands of practice hours and then traveling and entering any fiddle contest he could find. His love for old time fiddle music paid off! In 1980, he won the Texas State Fiddle Championship. He returned every year to that “little contest” in Crockett and in 1983 at the age of 20 he won the title World Champion Fiddle Player. Adding to his awards Ricky became the Missouri State Champion in 2011.
Music was always the main focus in Ricky’s life. But on the advice of his parents he completed his formal education. They wanted to insure that he always had a career outside of the music field. He obtained a degree in business from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He went on to earn his teaching certificate. Later, he would spend some time teaching middle school math classes.
Ricky has performed with great entertainers such as Red Stegall, Asleep at the Wheel, Moe Bandy and Mickey Gilley. He spent 5 years playing fiddle with Jody Nix and The West Texas Cowboys and then another 5 years as a part time musician. In 2005, The Ricky Boen and Texas Mud Show opened in Branson, Missouri. This would fulfill a dream for both Ricky and his dad of performing in a western swing band. In 2006, Ricky was asked to join The Sons of the Pioneers. He was a member of this prestigious group for 8 years. At the end of his time with The Pioneers, Ricky felt God calling him to the ministry. He and his wife Laurie moved to Liberty Hill, Texas. Ricky is currently the band leader at Williamson County Cowboy Church. He and his dad, Darrell, travel around the country with Pastor Corey Ross ministering to the rodeo participants and their families.
The opening of Harvest Ranch Chuckwagon and Dinner Show is the perfect fit for Ricky’s talent, love of music and gift of entertaining! He is always right at home on stage with a fiddle in one hand and a bow in the other playing the music that has been a part of him for as long as he can remember!
Darrell Boen – If you were to take a look at the timeline of Darrell’s life from his birth up to the very present there is one element that is embedded consistently throughout, MUSIC! He was born into a musical family. His parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all played and sang. Needless to say any sort of family get-together always ended in a jam session.
After Darrell left home to start his own family, he continued to play guitar and sing whenever he had the opportunity. His love for music led Darrell and his wife, Jane into square dancing. Darrell called square dances and taught lessons all over the country for 16 years. The last few years of his square dancing career, Ricky had begun playing the fiddle and participating in contests with his dad’s guitar accompaniment. Lots of hours of practicing, jam-sessions, and traveling to contest to play with Ricky soon found Darrell retiring from square dance calling and into supporting and playing with Ricky in fiddle contests.
Darrell traveled lots of miles and wore our lots of guitar strings during the fiddle contest years before moving on to the next musical adventure. In 1977, while living in Odessa, Texas the musical group “Ricky Boen and Texas Mud” was born. Darrell is one of the original members of this group. This group played many dates all over this area for many years. However there was still more Darrell wanted to do with his music.
After relocating to Missouri and putting together a 6-piece western swing band and working countless hours, both Darrell and Ricky saw their dream fulfilled. In 2006, they opened a live western swing show in Branson, Missouri! It was truly a dream come true! Darrell was never happier than when he was standing on that stage playing rhythm guitar and singing.
2013 was the year that Darrell would again find another opportunity to play his music. He and Jane moved to Liberty Hill, Texas where Darrell would become a member of the Williamson County Cowboy Church Praise band singing and playing guitar. Traveling with the pastor, Darrell and Ricky are privileged to get to minister at rodeos, especially at college rodeos.
Darrell is an accomplished rhythm guitar player. He also plays the electric bass and sings both lead and harmony. He has never had any formal training but is completely at home playing in his living room or on a stage in front of hundreds of people.
So it comes as no surprise that the newest chapter in his life includes…you guessed it….music! This April, Darrell and Ricky are opening Harvest Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner Show in Liberty Hill, Texas.
Teresa Garner – Born and raised in South Alabama, Teresa Garner began playing the guitar as a teenager, although singing came right after learning to talk. Music, for Teresa, is a passion that both sustains and reflects her inner soul.
As a young child, listening to the tunes of Flatt and Scruggs, Hank Williams, and Kitty Wells, it is no wonder that Teresa has developed a deep appreciation and love of vintage, country western, bluegrass and, gospel music.
She began playing guitar at the age of 14, spending time in picking circles with her uncle Charles and his buddies, heavily chaperoned by Granny on one side and Mamma on the other. Teresa spent those young years exploring all genres of music. After stumbling upon a local bluegrass festival, the high lonesome harmonies, accompanied by mandolin, banjo, and guitar and, bass made a lasting impression. In later years, Teresa attended many bluegrass festivals around the country, participating in casual jams around the campfires. Along with rhythm guitar and upright bass, Teresa spends her spare time learning the mandolin and banjo.
A resident of Liberty Hill Texas since 1987 and, a past member of Fellowship Baptist church, Teresa sang in the choir, lead the singing in children’s Sunday school and, provided special music for Sunday worship. Teresa would regularly organize local musicians to perform for local senior care homes, charity and civic events and, private gatherings of all kinds. Teresa, and her band of musicians, helped raise money for many of the Liberty Hill civic organizations. In honor of Teresa’s musical contributions, the City Council of Liberty Hill and the Williamson County Commissioner’s Court proclaimed June 29th, 2002, Teresa Ann Garner Day.
Finally, after many years of being inspired and mentored by some of the most talented blugrassers around the country, Teresa, formed her own band, Teresa Garner Bluegrass Band. The band stayed true to its bluegrass name, performing traditional bluegrass music but, included vintage country and, Teresa’s original music. Teresa Garner Bluegrass Band gained a dedicated following around central Texas, playing local restaurants, private events, and festivals from 2003 to 2008. The Teresa Garner Bluegrass Band recorded two CD’s, both of which included songs written by Teresa. The second CD, titled for, and including Teresa’s original song, Cold Cold Ground, gained favorable reviews form local fans, and the Central Texas Bluegrass Association and, received airplay on Bluegrass Stations as far away as Virginia, France and Germany.
In the winter of 2008, with several band members wanting to slow down, Teresa retired the band and set her sights on a new venture. Teresa’s Dixie Kitchen was established in 2010 and continued through early 2016. While it was a rerewarding experience, it could not fill the void where music lived in her heart.
In 2016, Teresa began the search for the right mix of musicians, and style for a renewed and greater Teresa Garner Band. When the opportunity to audition for the Harvest Ranch Wranglers was offered, it seemed, from the beginning, to be an example of God’s Perfect Timing. Making music with Ricky Boen and Darrell Boen is challenging and, exciting, everything, and more that she had hoped for. As the proud and newest member of The Harvest Ranch Wranglers, Teresa Garner is excited to be making music again.