We just wanted to let everyone know that Ric had a bad accident with his left hand on August 2nd, and is unable to play guitar for a while, hence, our jobs are on hold until rehab is completed. Please visit our blog for more information, we will try to keep folks informed with updates. Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement. We welcome your comments and emails. 

I think he saying "don't take my picture?" Well I did it anyway! This was taken this New Year'a Day, 2025, where we played in a beautiful new house in Paradise Valley, MT for a house warming.

 "Music that captures the spirit of the West"
Open Range is the duo of Ric Steinke & Linda Hausler, from the wide open spaces of the Shields Valley in Montana. 

“Whatever it was that brought Ric & Linda together as a duo,no one can deny that it was absolutely meant to be.”  American Western Magazine - Taylor Fogarty

Awards and nominations:

2014 Top Nominee, Best Western Duo/Group, WMA
2013 Top Nominee, Best Western Duo/Group, WMA
2011 Top Nominee, Outstanding Instrumentalist, WMA
2010 Best of the Best Harmony Award, Western Music Association
2010 Top 5 Nominee, Best Western Duo, WMA
2009 Top 5 Nominee, Best Western Swing Group, WMA
2008 Marilyn Tuttle Harmony Award, WMA
2005 Best New Original Dance Tune, United Country Western Dance Council


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Benefit for Ric Steinke

Elks Lodge, 130 S 2nd, Livingston, MT 59047

Hosted by Faith Petersen, Joanne Gardner, and Rob Bankston.

Come one, come all! We are hosting a very special night for Ric Steinke at the Elks Lodge. There will be music - so much music, a taco bar with your $10 admission, auction items and surprises! Please make your plans to spend the evening helping one of our dear friends out.



Cancelled due to injury-Western Music Association Showcase and Awards Show

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Marriott Hotel, Louisiana Ave, Albuquerque, NM

WMA Annual Showcase and Awards show. Music throughout the day and into the evenings, also jam sessions. General public welcome. Free day shows, ticketed night shows. Youth stage.

Age limit: All ages