If there's such a thing as a high-functioning rock band, Ted Z and the Wranglers are it. Since getting serious as a band a couple of years ago, they've been on a creative tear, with a debut LP released last year, an EP in January and another EP dropping this month. "I still have more songs," says Ted Zakka, the group's front man and primary songwriter. "I'm actually starting another full-length. I figure the more music I get to people, the better, instead of just waiting."
And these aren't one-take, raw-and-rowdy fuzz/punk recordings. The Wranglers root themselves in the realm of cowboy Americana, a sound more akin to Nashville than SoCal, and they employ the genre's requisite high level of musicianship, with band members flexing their chops, reminiscent of the famous Nashville A-Team session crew that backed Elvis, Dylan, Patsy Kline--basically everyone who had a country hit in the '50s, '60s and '70s.