2018-11-08 / Local & State

Remington Ryde On Tap For FCMC Foundation’s Scholarship Fundraiser

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Remington Ryde Remington Ryde Ryan Frankhouser is a man of constant motion. It started when he received his first guitar for Christmas at age 13. Frankhouser is the founder and lead man for Remington Ryde. He and his band will perform on Saturday, January 19, at Fulton County Medical Center Foundation’s fourth annual Bluegrass and BBQ at the United Methodist Church in Mc- Connellsburg.

The event is the main fundraiser for the Foundation’s Health Careers Scholarship Program and presented by The Alexander Financial Group. “We play over 100 shows a year and have 112 booked so far for 2019 across the United States and Canada,” said Frankhouser, whose northern PA band has received eight SPBGMA award nominations in Nashville, including Entertainers of the Year. “We are looking forward to coming to McConnellsburg to play for the scholarship fundraiser.” Frankhouser said the audience can expect to be “fully entertained.” He said, “Our shows feature traditional bluegrass music, bluegrass gospel music and old country songs. We incorporate a lot of entertainment and crowd participation. They will be laughing and crying – we try to touch on all the emotions during our show.”

The band landed a recording contract with Pinecastle Records in 2017. Their first release “A Storyteller’s Memory” was a tribute to the late James King, an iconic bluegrass musician. Earlier this year, Remington Ryde signed a three-year contract with The Johnny Cash Hideaway Farm and Storyteller’s Museum in Bon Aqua, Tenn. A few weeks ago, Mark Alan Cash (nephew of Johnny Cash) recorded Frankhouser’s “Grandpa Was My Guide” (a tribute to his grandfather) and it is being released on country stations.

Once Frankhouser learned the chords of his first guitar at age 13, he attended jam sessions around his hometown of Lewistown. He would play with older musicians, who taught him even more about singing and playing guitar. As he grew older, he would show up weekly as audiences looked forward to the 15-year-old with the cowboy hat singing a song or two. He wrote his first song in his mid-teens and joined his banjo picking cousin Josh to form Kountry Kousins for about three years. Then at age 18 while still in high school, Frankhouser formed the band Remington Ryde.

“I didn’t have time to hang out with friends or have a girlfriend,” said Frankhouser. “My main focus was music. Only musicians know this, but it’s a rough road trying to make a living with an upstart band. I worked part-time with my uncle Brian after school because the band wasn’t making much money.” His mom suggested he go to college, even though Frankhouser “wasn’t one for school.” He took her advice and attended Harrisburg Area Community College, earning a degree in surgical technology. Today, the 34- year-old Frankhouser is still applying his education with a job at Hershey Medical Center as a surgical technician in the Neurosurgical Department. “It’s a great job because my supervisors work with me on scheduling that allows me to travel with my band Thursdays through Sundays,” said Frankhouser.

Promoter and Reputation

Frankhouser is more than a leader of a band. He is also a promoter. Each July, he runs his own bluegrass festival that’s stockpiled with national bluegrass acts. He started the festival at age 22 in Reedsville before moving it to a bigger venue at Grange Park in Centre Hall. He also promotes and coordinates five other bluegrass festivals from New York to Florida. “We have been blessed with our success of the Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival,” said Frankhouser. “We draw people from all across the country and Canada to our festival. We have a reputation for family-friendly, wholesome entertainment at a beautiful campground, as does our band when we travel to perform.” He said reputation is the key to Remington Ryde’s success. “Being a part the music scene, at the end of the day, the biggest thing is your reputation,” said Frankhouser. “We’re serving the Lord and that means so much to me. I always want to maintain that reputation. And years forward, whatever I need to do to keep it, I will. If I lose that good reputation and I lose God out of everything, you will see the band, the festival, me and everything I do go downhill. I need to keep the Lord involved in it.”

Ticket information and business sponsorships at various levels are available, as are reserved tables of eight and individual tickets. For more information call 717- 485-6322 or www.fcmcpa.org. “This is our main fundraiser for our scholarship program,” said Mike Straley, executive director of the FCMC Foundation. “It’s an opportunity to enjoy an affordable evening of bluegrass music and delicious BBQ (provided by Smokin’ D’s) with family and friends, while supporting a wonderful cause. We’ve had some tremendous musicians for this event and this event is no different with Remington Ryde.”

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