The Lonesome Walker Band was formed in 2000 by the late Jim Broders, a Carroll, Nebraska native, along
with Bob Hartl, a bass player from Stanton, Nebraska, lead guitarist Jason Ferguson from Norfolk, Nebraska, and
Columbus, Nebraska drummer, Tom Penington.
In 2001, Jack McKown of Norfolk, Nebraska joined The Lonesome Walker Band as lead guitarist, along with
Mark Stafford, a pianist from Tennessee, who played with group for a few short months until his departure in
Bob Wanek of Neligh, Nebraska joined The Lonesome Walker Band in early 2002 as a rhythm guitarist, with
Jim Broders in full control of the lead guitar position. After the tragic and untimely death of Jim Broders in
June of 2003, The Lonesome Walker Band continued as a three piece band for about a year, performing with
Bob Hartl, Tom Penington and Bob Wanek. A fourth member was added to the group when Terry Hess,
a rhythm guitar player from Stanton, Nebraska joined the band, and Bob Wanek assumed the role of lead guitarist.
A year later, The Lonesome Walker Band found themselves in need of a bass player when Bob Hartl left
the group, and for several months, the band was forced to use stand-in bass players. Eventually, Alan Hansen
from Neligh, Nebraska joined The Lonesome Walker Band and remained the group's full-time bass player
until his departure in 2004 when Pete Montaigne, a bass player from Yankton, South Dakota joined the band.
In 2009, John Wells from O'Neill, Nebraska joined The Lonesome Walker Band, and alternated between rhythm
and bass guitar for about a year when bassist Pete Montaigne left the band. Terry Hess, the band's long-time rhythm guitarist
also left the group, and the band once again performed as a three piece ensemble until October 2010, when Janie Kaye Engelby
joined The Lonesome Walker Band, providing lead vocals and rhythm guitar. Janie left the band in 2011 and Rick Kotrous
was later added to the line-up, playing rhythm guitar, harmonica, and percussion for the group.
During the last 13 plus years, countless other musicians have performed with The Lonesome Walker Band,
including Dick Broders, Dave Broders, Floyd (Hop) Hopkins, Warren Frerrichs,
Luke Frerrichs, Coleman Broders, Joann Howell, Rick Rader, the Cactus Flats band,
and many other good friends and band supporters.
Today, The Lonesome Walker Band has returned to a three piece line-up with Bob Wanek on lead guitar,
John Wells on bass guitar, and Tom Penington playing drums. The Lonesome Walker Band is a group of high energy,
high octane musicians from the Woodstock generation, who eventually drifted into the "Long-Haired Red-Neck Brand of
Country Music" that was popular in the late 70's, but never shook their Rock n' Roll roots.
They entertain audiences with a mix of Country Music, Classic Rock, and Southern Rock, with a little
Oldies, Blues, and Folk Music thrown in, for a unique blend of music they call "Real Rural
Rock n' Roll". If you love 70's Outlaw Country Music, don't miss The Lonesome Walker Band... they have
something for everyone!
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