Ted Z and the Wranglers, an outlaw rock group from Southern California, are exclusively premiering their song "Joseph Ratcliffe" on The Boot.

The tune, from the band's new offering, Ghost Town, begins with a bluesy electric slide guitar and drums, and with a rousing "1, 2, 3, 4," the pace picks up. The uptempo, old-timey track tells the story of growing from a young boy slaying giants to a grown man with a daughter. 

"Joseph Ratcliffe" is just one example of Ted Z and the Wranglers' lead singer Ted Zakka's knack for storytelling, and the band's record as a whole explores the topics of love, regret, growing older and getting into trouble. Americana, country rock and story-loving fans will enjoy this raucous track for its invigorating sound and insightful lyrics.

Comprised of Zakka, Dan Mages (bass), Mike Myers (drums, vocals), and Jackson Leverone (lead and slide guitar, vocals), Ted Z and the Wranglers recorded their first Rip Cat Records release, Ghost Train, at Yellow Dog Studios in Wimberley, Texas. It was produced by the famed Monty Byrom (Big House, Joy Boy Adams, Midnight River Choir, Eddie Money). The high-octane group debuted the record on Oct. 16; fans can find it on Amazon and Ted Z and the Wranglers' Basecamp, and physical copies can be purchased at Rip Cat Records.

Listen to Ted Z and the Wranglers, "Joseph Ratcliffe":

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