The Cattle Bandits, down state Illinois hottest country band, was established in 2001 by co-founders Eric Gordon and Doug Ross. Throughout the years the band has changed their line-up slightly. One thing has remained consistent, their ability to captivate and entertain audiences of all ages and musical tastes.
Today the Cattle Bandits consist of Eric Gordon (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Doug Ross (lead guitar, backing vocals), Jon Rapp (bass, vocals), Kyle Ripsch (keyboard, vocals), and Tom Sparrow (percussion). This current line-up brings decades of combined musical experience and an on-stage chemistry that can't be beat. Although country music may be the genre most closely associated with the Cattle Bandits, it's the diversity in styles and experiences, brought to the table through every member, that has truly sculpted their sound. Add to this a repertoire of almost 300 songs and you have a band that can entertain practically anyone. They have shared the stage with such artists as Neal McCoy, Mel McDaniel, Gene Watson, Doug Supernaw, David Allan Coe and Keith Bryant.
The Cattle Bandits new CD “Homegrown” will be released at the McLean County Fair in Bloomington Illinois when they share the stage with country music legend John Anderson. “Homegrown” consists of eleven original songs all written by lead singer Eric Gordon. The songs deal with life in the Midwest. Including a popular internet song titled “Ol’ 66” about crusing down Route 66.
High energy, humor, and accomplished musicians all are components of what makes the Cattle Bandits great.
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