The Band

EST. 1998
Tom Waselchuk 300 dpi DSC_1160

Guitar & vocals. Tom founded The Dang-Its as a roots-oriented country band. His previous work includes co-founding and playing bluegrass with The Stone Oak Band (1979-1981), jazz with The Full Count Jazz Band (1985-1992), Tex-Mex infused folk music with Cris Plata & Extra Hot, and gypsy swing with the national touring group Harmonious Wail (2001-2011), and many others. In 2017 Tom co-founded The Honey Pies, a vocals-centered acoustic Americana/swing band.

Tom Waselchuk

Matt Rodgers DSC_1218-2

Bass. Matt is one of those bassists that has the ability to play any style of music you throw at him, and his versatility has led him to play with more groups than can be named here. Rock & Pop, Jazz & Gypsy swing, to Latin & Afro-Pop, he has played them all.

Matt Rodgers

Ruthie McQuinn 488KB

Violin & Vocals Ruthie McQuinn has been a frequent guest player with the band on violin and vocals for several years. We’re thrilled to have her join us as the newest member of The Dang-Its. Ruthie most recently worked with her retro western swing band The Radio Wranglers, and has appeared for many years with her talented father and sister in The Krause Family Band, a group that features stunning harmony vocals and made two appearances on A Prairie Home Companion radio show.

Ruthie McQuinn


Pedal steel guitar, & dobro. Rick co-founded The Dang-Its after years of work with Southern Wisconsin’s most celebrated country bands, including Lickety Split, Rosebud, and Crossfire. His versatile ``synth`` steel setup extends the band’s instrumental range; besides playing straight-ahead steel guitar, Rick is able to convincingly mimic many other instruments, from piano and French horn to harmonica and accordion.

Rick Nass