Other bands may be more musically gifted, or have actual hit songs on the radio, or maybe even have better hair. But the is one thing that no other band in Vegreville can match – height. With a combined height of over 24 feet, the Off Ramp Boys can both entertain you AND get things off the top shelf at the Co-op.
That’s lucky, because the Boys like to think of themselves as musical equivalents of the the Co-op. The kind of Co-op where you can purchase your groceries, an oil filter for the tractor, and a bag of chicken feed at the same till. In the spirit of the Co-op, the Off Ramp Boys offer everything from old country to new country to rock to bluegrass to Canadian fiddle tunes. So the Off Ramp Boys are like Co-op: If they don’t have it, you don’t need it!
The Off Ramp Boys are Gordon Forbes on lead guitar, lead vocalist Randy Kereliuk, drummer Rob Hughes, and bassist/fiddler/mandolinist Ralph Lange. All are from Vegreville. The origin of the band goes way back to 2014, a time when the the Boys tended to show up at the same places to dust ceiling fans, screw in light bulbs, paint the ceiling and play music. Examples include open mic nights at the Vegreville Train Station or at Perogies and Jam events. None of us can really remember when or who first uttered the fateful words “Hey, let’s form a band”, but whenever that was, it was around then that someone asked the name of that “guy who lives beside the off-ramp into Vegreville”, meaning Randy. And so, Vegreville’s tallest band, the Off Ramp Boys, was born.