In the early 60s, mid-western banjo man, Mike Theobald and his father Jack helped introduce bluegrass music to Kansas, and they are proud to have formed KansasÛª first bluegrass band. The TheobaldsÛª produced several albums, appeared at major bluegrass festivals in the Midwest, including the first Walnut Valley Festival in 1972. They became regulars on the Winfield lineup for several years in the 70Û_s and 80Û_s. In more recent years, Mike and his wife, Vickie Lynn, have made Winfield appearances as part of the group Blue Plate Special, and again in 2001 and 2007 as part of Kansas Heart. Mike has appeared on many radio & TV programs, including the Nashville Network. MikeÛªs ÛÏday jobÛ has been in radio, having worked at one of the top country stations in the Midwest for almost 30 years, and now is a full time member of the team, for a relatively new traditional Country station, serving all of South Central Kansas and Northern Oklahoma, called Real American Country, KWLS 107.9.
Ranger Stan Greer plays guitar, mandolin and bass and is the front man with the Home Rangers.
Originally from southern Illinois, Stan performed for five years at the 1880Û_s theme park, Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, and spent several years performing for conventioneers in the Lake of the Ozarks area.
He has played rhythm guitar for many winners of banjo and fiddle contests, and has also played for a couple of losers. Stan has spent his entire life (so far) honing his singing skills in church and school choirs, and has been a soloist for many Christmas and Easter musicals. He also plays guitar in the Praise Band at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita.
StanÛªs other job is teaching 6th grade mathematics, science and technologyÛ_which has given him all the necessary skills for a radio career as the co-host of Bluegrass and More with Mike and the Ranger on KWLS 107.9 or online at www.kwlsradio.com.