|Time & Place|
|Friday, October 23, 2015 @ 7:00 pm |
2510 N. Armistead Ave.
Hampton, VA 23666
|Admission is by donation ($5 suggested).|
|Refreshments available by donation.|
Stir up some singer/songwriter, folky blues, soulful R&B, add a little rock, and you come up with the influences which molded Ron Fetner's musical career.
From his early days of sneaking into old blues and rock clubs, Ron was being influenced by the music which touched his soul. After years of paying his dues, Ron finally had enough songs under his belt to release his first solo CD in 1997 entitled This Box I'm Looking Through. Acoustic/Public Radio quickly took notice and started playing songs from this CD, including NPR’s The Folk Sampler with Mike Flynn and WHRO/Barry Graham’s Acoustic Highway Ron was also a winner in the 6th Songwriters Association of Washington’s Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
Ron released another solo CD, Turning for Home in 2001. Turning for Home was a totally acoustic project which propelled Ron onto the Kerrville, TX stage and a win in the prestigious Kerrville NewFolk competition. Quickly following came awards at Doc Watson's/Merlefest Chris Austin Song Contest, Falcon Ridge's Emerging Artist Showcase, the Austin Songwriter Group and Winfield, Kansas' Walnut Valley Song Showcase.
In 2005, Ron released Defying Gravity, which was recorded in Chris Rosser's Asheville, NC studio. Gravity included the widely popular “Man On The Moon” and the holiday favorite, "My Name is Justin", which Ron has provided as a holiday anthem for the Salvation Army's annual Angel Tree campaign.
Sunday Morning Blue followed in 2009, which Ron recorded at home, with Grammy winner and good friend Kim Person doing mixing and editing. Sunday Morning included his versions of "Route 66" and "House of the Rising Sun", along with newly written songs like "Don't Burn the Zion Church" and "Carolina Rain".
In January 2011, Ron and harpist Tom Dikon teamed to win the Tidewater IBC Blues Challenge. Tom and Ron produced a 6-song EP for their trip to Memphis to compete against other Challenge winners. Watch Your Step included 5 original songs written by Tom and Ron and a new version of "Route 66".
His latest effort came in 2012 when he was offered the opportunity to play and sing on Blues great, Eddie Shaw's newest CD, Still Riding High.
Ron has appeared at major festivals like Kerrville Folk Festival, Merlefest, Falcon Ridge, Tucson Folk Festival and First Night-Asheville, and in top venues like Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Little Rock’s Acoustic Sounds Café, Memphis’s Pig On Beale and DC’s famous "The Bayou". Ron has opened or shared stages with Trisha Yearwood, Dire Straits, The Nighthawks, Talking Heads, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and David Wilcox just to name a few.
Ron is still riding high, enjoying playing in venues which love to be entertained with his enthusiastic performances. Don't miss an opportunity to see Ron in person.