The NeverCanEvers are Rockin’ Wheeler County!

August 24, 2009 at 5:28 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

Below is an article I wrote for the September 2009 Issue of the Horsefly, due out Sept 2nd. I wanted to post it now, so folks can check out the band in Spray on August 29th and have fair warning about the street dance in Mitchell on Sept 5th during the Painted Hills Festival.


*Branch *Dingo*Sarsaparilla* Zerk*

It’s a warm summer evening in late August. I am feeling pretty lucky about having been invited to the Triple C Ranch for the NeverCanEver’s band practice. As a family band practice isn’t complete without a big family meal served before hand. One crucial member of the band who is not pictured above is “Switch”, and she holds the band together by providing all the excellent grub, like the Lemon Cream Sauce Pasta dish that is laid out before us on the table.


Even if Sarsaparilla weren’t my most favorite friend out here in Wheeler County, I know I would still consider her family’s band, the NeverCanEvers my most favorite band. Her brother, Branch sings and picks the bass, long time family friend Dingo rocks lead vocals & guitar, Sarsaparilla pounds the drums, and her dad, Zerk, pulls it all together on the guitar and mandolin. Long time friends as well as musicians this group formed their current union earlier this summer, and they have been rocking street dances all over the county ever since, with more live shows on the way.

Dingo has coined their style “Ranch-Rock”, and I would have to adingo3gree. These folks spend their days working hard in the sun, running the family ranch, bucking hay, splitting wood, and Dingo helps run his family’s Tire Shop in Mitchell, while Miss Sarsaparilla finds time to study school teaching.

My first question is how Dingo came up with the term Ranch Rock. Seems there was a practice just a few months ago, and one of the family dogs started barking away outside. Sarsaparilla looks out the back window, and sees a rattle snake shaking and hissing something wild. Zerk runs out there with a shot gun, and pow, true Ranch Rock was formed at that very moment.

sarsdrums33Their rockin’ western style is also influenced by; Steve Earle, John Prine, Townes VanZandt, Reckless Kelly, Captin Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters, Elmo and the John Day River Boys, and Louis Armstrong, just to name a few. And while you might catch them playing a few select covers, most of their songs are all original and written by Dingo himself.

You have to see these guys live to really appreciate their zerk3style. If you are lucky, you will catch them playing on a flat bed trailer, stretched out before the rim rock with the folks dancing right there in the street. If you get a chance to attend one of their upcoming shows, you are sure to find this gal right up front singing along and dancing away. The NeverCanEvers will be playing September 5th at the Painted Hills Festival in Mitchell. The show starts at 8:00pm with a Street Dance to boot. Grab a partner and get down there! The band website is: and they plan to be playing shows all over the Northwest in the months to come. Contact ‘em through their website if you have got a venue and you want to liven the place up!

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Lemon Cream Sauce Pasta, a band practice favorite!

3 tablespoon butter
1 to 2 tablespoons of flour
1/2 to 3/4 cup of good white wine
Lemon zest from two lemons
lemon juice 1 cup of cream
1 cup parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1 package of penne pasta
pre cooked shrimp (optional)
Boil the pasta in salted water. While it is cooking, prepare the sauce. In a large sauce pan, melt butter and half of the lemon zest, making sure not to burn the zest. Add the flour to make the rue. Add the white wine, whisking it while adding the wine.
Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and a cup of cream and bring the sauce to an easy boil, stirring constantly until it starts to thicken. Take it off of the heat and add ½ cup parmesan and the remainder of the lemon zest. Salt and pepper to taste.
 Drain the pasta and place into a large serving bowl. Pour the sauce all over the pasta. Toss the pasta so that the sauce is distributed evenly.
 If you are going to add the shrimp now is the time.
Sprinkle remaining ½ cup parmesan on pasta. Cut thin slices of lemon and place them on the pasta and sprinkle parsley and/or chopped chives for presentation.

1 Comment

  1. Jimbo said,

    couldn’t listen to any music. It said file not found. Know these musicians well. Nice to see them getting some fun things done.

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