Railbenders in Denver, CO

Photo by Mark Tepsic Photography




They've been called "country," "alt-country," and "outlaw country," but the phrase that might best describe the Railbenders is "hard country." This Denver, Colorado band has been playing unabashed, straight-no-chaser music that pulls no punches since 2000. Their music and dynamic live shows have made them one of the top draws in Colorado, bringing in a diverse fan base of all ages.

Formed by Jim Dalton (vocals, guitar) and Tyson Murray (upright bass), the Railbenders took a mutual love of Johnny Cash, Waylon, Hank Williams, rock 'n' roll, punk, whiskey, and threw it all together to create their own sound. Powered by the steady rolling' drums of Graham Haworth and the blazing guitar picking of Tony Nascar ("The Fastest Guitar in the West"), the band has garnered local awards, including "Top Country Band" by the Rocky Mountain News (2004 & 2005), and "Best Country/Roots Band" five years in a row (2002 to 2006) in the annual Westword Music Showcase.

The Railbenders have opened for country greats Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Daniels, and David Allan Coe. As well, they've shared bills with rock legends like ZZ Top, John Fogerty, Peter Frampton, the Doobie Brothers and .38 Special. The Railbenders won a multi-year sponsorship from Coors Brewing Company in 2004, and in 2007, they had the honor of performing at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, CA, where they opened a stage that featured Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Junior Brown, John Doe, Drive-By Truckers, and Alejandro Escovedo. And in 2008, the band played in the inaugural year of the Mile High Music Festival in Denver, sharing the spotlight with national headliners like the Dave Matthews Band and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.



Time to Ride cover

Time to Ride (2017 radio edit)

Live at the Bluebird 12/18/2015 (2015)

Like a Wheel album cover

Like a Wheel (2009)

Rock 'n' Rail album cover

Rock 'n' Rail New Year's Eve (2008)



June 28: NEW! Men's and women's tees and tanks featuring our train logo can now be ordered online! Various styles available in black and gray and many sizes. Order yours now!

May 30: Check out these great #ddor photos from Mark Tepsic Photography

May 28: Join Jim & Tony on the patio at Whiskey Tango Foxtrot starting now!

April 10: Northern California friends, catch Jim playing a solo acoustic show at The Back Room in Berkeley tomorrow night (April 11)!

April 1: Come on down to Lost Highway Brewing Company - music until 5 tonight!

March 30: We're back again at Elway's on Wednesday, August 16 for a free, outdoor show!

March 11: Railbenders are once again playing at the Denver Day of Rock! Free, outdoor, all-ages show. We're on the Welton Street stage, 6:30-7:30pm. Complete schedule and info available at

March 10: Sold out show tonight at the Soiled Dove!

February 28: Our next show is next week! Join us at The Soiled Dove Underground on Friday, March 10. Tickets on sale now, and advance tickets are recommended.

January 30: Our next show is this Friday at the GOAT Soup and Whiskey Tavern in Keystone. Help us spread the word on this last minute addition, and please join us Friday night!

January 26: We had a great rehearsal last night. Many new songs being played at the Little Bear tomorrow night.

January 21: Here are some photos from last night's show from Rock On Colorado

January 3: We have two shows coming up this month! First, join us January 20 at Herman's Hideaway for their 54th Anniversary party. Also on the bill is Gerald Collier from Tucson, AZ! Get tickets in advance. And on January 27, join us at the legendary Little Bear Saloon in Evergreen, CO! Advance tickets are recommended, so stop in at the Little Bear to pick them up in person or call 303-674-9991 x0 to reserve yours today.

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New Railbenders t-shirts and tank tops available online

Time to Ride cover

Time to Ride (2017 radio edit)


Live at the Bluebird 12/18/2015 (2015)

The Medicine Show
I Drive a Truck
Drop Me Off at the Honky Tonk
Drivin' Back to Denver
Midnight Train
Drinkin' Buddies
It's Time to Party
Like a Wheel
Black Chrome Horse
One Foot in the Grave
Glass Picket Fence
Country Song
I-70 Westbound
Whiskey Rain

Like a Wheel album cover

Like A Wheel (2009)

Like A Wheel
Black Chrome Horse
Drive Away
Saturday And Sunday
I Drive a Truck
Drop Me Off at the Honky Tonk
Big Diesel
Glass Picket Fence
It's Time to Party
Whiskey and Me

Showdown album cover

Showdown (2005)

Leavin' Song
Black Rose
The Outlaw Way
Drivin' Back to Denver
Last Ride of the Dalton Gang
I-70 Westbound
There Gonna Be a Hangin'
Holdout In Time
Drinkin' Buddies
Hellbound Party Train
Dead Man's Return

Segundo album cover

Segundo (2003)

Whiskey Rain
Country Song
Midnight Train
Another Tomorrow
Someone Take This Bottle
Tombstone Serenade
O.D.'d in Denver
One Foot in the Grave
Sweet Caroline
The Hangover Song

Southbound album cover

Southbound (2001)

Whiskey Saturday Night
Lonesome Train
Minus One
There Was a Time
Texas Sun
Crazy Train
Whiskey Drinkin' Man
Breakneck Speed
Dead Man's Walk


Management/Booking: Jim Dalton

Website and Merchandise:

Mailing Address: Railbenders, PO Box 460687, Centennial, CO 80046

Contact the band:



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Railbenders on stage