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“WHERE ARE Y’ALL FROM?” ASKED A WEATHERED LOOKING HATMAKER TO THE COUPLE THAT WALKED THROUGH HIS SHOP DOOR ONE RAINSOAKED SUMMER AFTERNOON IN CODY, WYOMING.

THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY.

LIFE HAD MADE A HABIT OF KEEPING THEM ON THE ROAD FOR SO LONG THAT THE MEANING OF THE QUESTION HAD BECOME ALMOST ARBITRARY. THEIR DELAYED RESPONSE AS THEY LOOKED TOWARDS EACH OTHER PROMPTED HIM.

“NO MATTER. YOU LOOK LIKE YOU BELONG RIGHT HERE,” THE MAN SAID.

RHETT HENRY BAXTER AND CAMILLE ELIZABETH HAIL FROM AMERICA’S HEARTLAND BUT HAVE MADE HOMES OF VARIOUS LOCALES IN THE WEST OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST DECADE IN PURSUIT OF WHAT THEY LOVE: TRAVELING, CLIMBING, SKIING, ALPINISM, SURFING, AND ULTIMATELY—STORYTELLING.

THEIR SIMILAR INTERESTS IN MUSIC AND SONGWRITING WERE IMMEDIATELY APPARENT. INSPIRED BY THE FOLK REVIVAL OF THE 60’S AND TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC, THEY’VE LONG BEEN IN LOVE WITH THE FREEDOM OF WIDE OPEN COUNTRY AND THE PEOPLE WITHIN IT. MUSIC IS AN EXTENSION AND EXPRESSION OF THE PEOPLE, THE PLACES AND ALL THE LIFE LIVED ALONG THE WAY.

LATE ONE WHISKEY FUELED NIGHT, THE FIRST TIME THEY MET, IN THE PARKING LOT OF A SKI AREA, THE IDEA WAS PLANTED.

RADIO RANCH WAS BORN ON THE ROAD.

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