Ray Troll & the Ratfish Wranglers
Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers are a wild bunch of artist-musicians hailing from the town of Ketchikan that play what some have described as sub-aquatic neo-folk n’ fish-rock. One never knows who is going to be ‘wrangled’ into this band of pranksters but at its core are well known Alaskan Fish artist Ray Troll and his partners in slime “Ratfish” Russell Wodehouse, Shauna Lee, Brian Curtis, Chazz Gist and Steve Perro. They put on a fun and uniquely Alaskan show, complete with a “sockeyedelic” light show and a limbo bar set at nine inches.
Known primarily for his visual fish-filled art Ray Troll has also been in love with the guitar since he first saw the Beatles rocking it on Ed Sullivan that fateful evening way back in 1964. When art bands like the Talking Heads, Devo and the B-52s hit the scene in the late 70’s it really got Ray psyched to hit the stage. When the Ramones let loose their rock and roll fury with ‘three chords and the truth’ Troll knew the time was truly right for him. During a fateful turn as a substitute art teacher in the mid-80’s, Ray met Russell Wodehouse and Shauna Lee, two funky fresh teens who had been riding the British synth pop craze with their own brand of pop music. Thirty years later, the trio is still hitting the stage with a unique sound and delicious visuals.
Along the way the band has grown and tightened with the addition of masterful guitarist, Brian Curtis who brings his own flavor to the Wrangler sound. A veteran of garage bands, folk fests and fishing holes, in addition to lead guitar, Brian also wields a mean bass and a furious fiddle.
The most recent addition to the group is Chazz Gist who joined in 2015. A youngster amongst the vets but with classically trained fingers that fly across his 7 string bass with the power and grace of players twice his age, he will take you to school with his hot bass licks.
Drummer extraordinaire Steve Perro has been drumming since he was knee high to a humpy. Steve joined the Air Force band at the tender age of seventeen. Since then Steve has played in a number of Alaskan jazz and rock and roll bands.
The Wranglers latest musical offering is “Fish Worship”, a collection of funky rock, fishy rap and eclectic vocals that every Alaskan should be blasting on their next trip to the fishing grounds.