About the Band

The Tumbleweeds performs as either a quartet or trio: consisting of Joe Carter, Jordan Ripley, Byron Ripley and Dave Klaus.

Joe Carter

Joe Carter


A native of the Texas hill country, Joe Carter now calls the Southwest home, but the music of the Texas dance halls and Honky Tonks has stayed with him. While in his late 50’s he started playing music professionally after him and Byron Ripley put together a duo called the Tumbleweeds. They have worked together off and on for the last 15 years. Now the Tumbleweeds are a trio. He says he’s finally doing what he’s really wanted to all his life.  –Portrait by Charlie Aldrich

Jordan Ripley

Jordan Ripley(banjo/vocals)

Began in music at age 3 with impromptu performances for her family and hasn’t stopped singing since.

She has had the joy of singing country, jazz/pop standards and Western Swing with bands in Arizona and New Mexico.

She plays rhythm banjo, giving each tune an infectious percussive beat.

She most admires the singing of jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. She also adores the country greats Patsy Cline and Kay Starr.

Byron Ripley

Byron Ripley(guitar/vocals)

Raised in Arizona, he and Joe Carter formed the Tumbleweeds in 2003 when they played on the Grand Canyon Railway.

After moving to New Mexico, they expanded the group to a trio. Byron is Jordan Ripley’s husband and they have a beautiful young daughter named Iris and a charming son named Sam.

Byron was introduced to music in middle school through the school band, where he played the Tuba. He started playing the guitar while in High School.

His guitar heroes are Eldon Shamblin and Django Reinhardt.

Dave Klaus

Dave Klaus


Dave Klaus has been playing upright bass for many years and lays down that danceable rhythm to the Tumbleweeds signature sound. The traditional Texas Roadhouse Swing and Classic Country Western song styles of the Tumbleweeds provide Dave the unique opportunity to add his 5-string Upright tones to this great band’s repertoire. Although Dave has travelled the world and performed with many bands in a variety of settings, the Tumbleweeds remain his favorite musical friends and collaborators.