The Nevada County Regulators – Local Rock & Roll Band

This post was written by jd on October 1, 2009
Posted Under: Entertainment
The Nevada County Regulators

The Nevada County Regulators

One of my favorite bands in Nevada County is the Nevada County Regulators.  Why they picked that name I don’t know.  A little history of where the name “Regulators” came from is in the late 1800’s some areas of the west was pretty wild. So quite often, posses of cowboys or ranch owners would band together to get them outlaws. They would be call themselves regulators to regulate the lawlessness of the times. Of course sometimes it was hard to tell the regulators from the outlaws.

An example of this is in February 1878, in Lincoln County, New Mexico, a band of Regulators were formed out of numerous small ranch owners in the Lincoln area. Many of those who became best known as “Regulators” had a long history with one another previously in the Lincoln County War.

Ironically, Henry McCarty aka Billy the Kid would become the best known, most likely due to the notoriety of his name and due to the fact that everything the Regulators did, they blamed it on Billy the Kid. The Lincoln County War brought Billy to the front, but several of the other Regulators were actually the driving force behind the events, and had a history of killing alongside one another prior to the war.

However, I can assure you that over the years that I have known the band, I have never seen them shoot anyone. According to their bio, the Nevada County Regulators got together in the summer of 2005. Since then, they have been playing at our local hot spots, such as Coopers, Peterson’s Corner, Dos Banditos, the Crazy Horse, the Holbrooke Hotel and many other places. They have also played at the Nevada County Fair almost every year since they started up here.

They play great rock and roll and can play most anything from the 50’s to the 90’s, depending upon the occasion. A portion of their play list is at upbeat tunes.

The band consists of Ian Garfinkel – Guitar and vocals, Steve Sheppard – Bass and vocals, Tom Agar – Drums and vocals, and Kevin McElligott – Percussion and vocals.

If you love to listen to real live rock ‘n’ roll, like some variety or love to dance – then check out one of their upcoming shows or book the Nevada County Regulators for your own party. For their schedule go their website The Nevada County Regulators

Reader Comments

Kevin here from The Regulators ~ thanks for the article! Who wrote this? The by line link to JD does not go anywhere (broken link).

Written By Anonymous on October 28th, 2009 @ 10:56 PM

Kevin,I wrote it John O’Dell

Written By jd on October 29th, 2009 @ 7:27 AM

Is this the John O’Dell who plays (or did in the past play) a Gibson Hummingbird?

Written By Anonymous on March 16th, 2011 @ 6:27 AM