Oregon Valley Boys


The Oregon Valley Boys plays Jan. 9 concert in Stayton

Carlee Wright, Statesman Journal December 28, 2015

The Oregon Valley Boys have been nurturing a passion for Western swing music in the Pacific Northwest since 2006. See that passion come to life 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Trexler Farm, 20146 Ferry Road SE, in Stayton as part of the KYAC Concert Series.

The band is on a mission from Bob, drummer Randy “Tex” Hill said. Bob who? Why Bob Wills, of course. Wills was an American Western swing musician, songwriter and bandleader.

“He is the one that really started Western swing,” Hill said. “It’s not West Coast swing. Western swing is a hybrid of jazz, blues, hillbilly and big band. It’s a really interesting mix of music.”

The boys play a variety of Wills’ music, as well as other '30s and '40s Western swing, plus a number of their own, all-original tunes including a few valley specials such as "Molalla Waltz," "It’s the Willamette" and "Marionberry Pie."

“It’s happy music,” Hill said. “We are all about spreading the good news about Western swing, cutting loose and tearin’ up the dance floor.”

In addition to Hill, the band features Paul "Hank" Saunders on guitar and vocals; Loren "Spankee" Depping on steel guitar and vocals; Paz "Smokey" Reingans on lead guitar and vocals; Robert "Pecos" Waterhouse on fiddle and vocals; and Matt "Speedy" Sutherland on bass and vocals.

The Oregon Valley Boys have been nominated as 2015 Best Western Swing Band by the Academy of Western Artists.