Formed in 2006 by multi-instrumentalist musician Ron Tippin, and featuring his teenage son Zach on bass, Widetrack's "Alterna-Prog" sound has been described as, "Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling holds a group therapy session with members of Pink Floyd and Soundgarden."
The band began gaining momentum after performing at the 2007 and 2008 Voodoo Music Experience shows in New Orleans. Given the opportunity to play an event which featured such premier artists as Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, etc., the group found a greater sense of confidence in developing their own individual sound.
From Voodoofest, Widetrack went on to release two albums: their 2007 debut self-titled album, and 2009's Widetrack II. Both were recorded and co-produced by Andy Patalan, guitarist for popular '90s grunge-rock band, Sponge.
Most recently, the group has recorded a remake of Pink Floyd's classic, Welcome to the Machine. Reactions such as, "In its own unique way, this is as good as the original!", "Epic version!" and "Best Pink Floyd cover ever!" are just a few of the kudos the reinvented cover has received.
The band's brand-new release, Widetrack III, once again features Tippin on vocals, rhythm guitar and drums, and is rounded off by musical 6-string powerhouse Brian Burleson on lead guitar and "atmospheric conjuring", as well as the recording debut of Ron's 14 year-old son, Zach, on bass.
A summer 2018 tour is in the works. Details to come.
"If you are looking for the same old shallow material heard on corporate radio, look elsewhere. This band is for those who would challenge themselves to think deeper than the lowest common denominator. Reflective, emotive, without the usual excess of the "emo" label; this music is a must-have for the mature listener who is searching for solid musicianship combined with thought-provoking lyrics. Highly recommended." -Light and Heat Publications (Bryan, TX)
"I hope you check these guys out. They’re talented, to say the least, but they are a very different kind of band. Ron’s son, Zach, is the bassist. He is 14 years old and his presence in the band has changed them profoundly. There is a new rawness and depth to everything. How cool is it to play music with your son? It’s like hearing a dream come true. I find all of their music so easily relatable, and the band is so approachable and interactive. I think connecting with Widetrack’s music is like connecting with best friends you did not know you have." -Daina Agostina ('Our Beautiful Lies' blog)
"Widetrack is a band fueled by many contributing influences. These all coalesce into a sound that is both familiar and uniquely their own. The best songwriters in the world are those who, when crafting their music, are able to interlace differing moods within each song. This is what the Beatles and Rush and Pink Floyd did so well. It is refreshing to know that this skill is very much still in use." -Beem Weeks ('The Indie Spot' blog)
"The music of this trio is said to be a mix of the progressive tones of Pink Floyd, Tool and Porcupine Tree on one hand, and the more grungy sounds of Soundgarden and Queens Of The Stone Age on the other.The result is an album that listens away with a remarkable ease. Nowhere the band are trying to impress with technical ecstasy. But they impress with bringing songs that hold your attention from start to finish. From opener Burn the Sun to closer Still Here, the 12 tracks show maturity in delivery and a clear focus of what the band wants to be. Call it alterna-prog, call it what you want. The culmination of said influences is an album that excites. Bravo gents!" -Peter ('Your Music Blog' blog)
"Mood-heavy lyrics, and a showcase of many talented friends adding to the power of certain tracks. This is not the standard rock -n- roll structure but an experimental expression of progressive instrumentation, an intensity towards melancholy, and emotional vocals that pique an interest in the listener. A simple, elegant statement of melodic framework that stands out among the radio-played masses. The songs ring true in the ears of the progressive rockers, but detach themselves from the typical musical genre. A very eclectic journey. Memories of detachment, and the coping of moments of dislocation. Elated feelings of re-connecting, and a pulling of the "Yin and Yang" to the music that keeps its cosmic balance. There is much to commend to the evolving musical windings that lead the listener into the songwriters perspective and craft!" -Doug Couture (Clarkston, MI)
"Widetrack’ delivers an enjoyable listening experience with a well-crafted musical composition. Ron Tippin’s voice glides from a soft and soothing whisper to an expressive, heart-tugging crooning, and then to a full-force, emotion-charged wailing. He conveys the essence of his well-written lyrics through his voice, and it magnetically draws in the listener. The experience is rich and satisfying like a cappuccino: strong without being too heavy, smooth without being too light." -Suzanne Stone (Farmington, MI)