Dust Bowl Ramblers

We are an acoustic band that plays old-time country and blues from the 1930s as well as Depression Era music. We play upbeat music with guitars, banjo, bass, fiddle, and mandolin.

DBR is currently a part of Songs of The New Deal, a Music History Program offered by History Sings. Band member Tom Naples is the founder and administrator of History Sings. Make sure to check it out. We hope to see you soon!

DBR Members

Tom Naples

Tom Naples

Vocals, Banjo, Guitar

Tom is a folk musician and researcher. He has spent much of the last ten years learning about the Great Depression and collecting music and oral histories from that period. During this time, he conducted numerous field trips to interview people with first-hand knowledge of the Dust Bowl. Besides performing this music throughout the U.S., he has appeared on radio and television where he performed and spoke about this period of history. Tom also co-authored “The American Deal” with John Elston, a musical set in Depression Era Buffalo.

Curtis Ahrens

Curtis Ahrens

Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin

Curt (a/k/a Spike Driver) has been playing acoustic music in WNY since the early 1980s, first as a member of Old Hat (1983 Erie County Fair Bluegrass Band contest winners), where he started out on guitar and vocals, later switching to the upright bass. Curt has since appeared on bass with local bluegrass band Dempsey Station, country blues trios Built for Comfort and Dark Road, and as guitarist and frontman with Spike Driver and the Nine Pound Hammers (and its later reincarnations Free Range String Band and Them Other Pluckers). Curt also played electric bass and vocals from 2008 to 2013 with rock band Liberty Bay, appearing on their 2009 release Liberty Bay.

Ron Hinton

Ron Hinton

Vocals, Fiddle

Ron’s bio coming soon . . .

Contact DBR

We’d love to hear from you. You can contact us at: TheDustBowlRamblers@gmail.com