'If you are ever given an opportunity to see this songwriter and performer...you will certainly be moved, both emotionally and physically'...The Virginia Gazette This is just one of the recent comments written about Ron Fetner. Either through live performances or his nationally released CD's, people everywhere are becoming fans of this performing songwriter. Ron's songs have been labeled a unique blend of New England folk and the soul of the South. His numerous songwriting awards, including the winner of the prestigious Kerrville NewFolk, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist and Merlefest/Chris Austin Finalist, have helped draw attention to Ron's talent. Born in the farm belt of western New York and raised in the small towns of northern Virginia, Ron's early years were spent playing guitar and saxophone in local area bands. Ron attended Berklee School of Music as an arranging and composition major before heading off on his musical travels. These travels included stints with several Washington, DC based bands, often opening or sharing stages with acts like The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Hall and Oats, The Nighthawks and Dire Straits. In 1983, feeling he had paid his dues as a band member, Ron started to concentrate more on songwriting and soon launched a solo performing songwriter career. Incorporating elements of Folk, Rock, Jazz and Appalachian, Ron soon found his voice in pure American music. In 1996, after years of writing and performing, Ron released 'This Box I'm Looking Through' on Cimirron/Rainbird Records. The title track got immediate attention and soon found the radio airways throughout the country. As Autograph Magazine stated: 'There is a lot of reflection in the lyrics. Ron chases memories in 'Chevy Blue', covers cowboys and baseball of youth in 'Fields' and displays solid writing on the title tune...' and Mike Flynn of NPR's 'The Folk Sampler' noted '...really great music...Listeners always love Ron's songs...'. In 2001, following the awards of Kerrville and Merlefest, Ron released his second CD, the all acoustic 'Turning for Home'. This project is a collection of songs celebrating this American life. Again, Ron's songs graced acoustic radio nationwide. '...truly was phenomenal, overwhelming, a most outstanding evening of music'...Barry Graham 'Off The Shelf', WHRV Norfolk, VA. Ron's live performances have become a much in demand ticket. He has opened/shared stages with David Wilcox, Anne Hills, David Massengill, Small Potatoes, Chris Rosser and Hot Soup to name a few. As a fan from Texas remarked on Amazon.com's customer reviews, 'Ron Fetner is a real treasure....I highly recommend this artist to anyone who loves good lyrics that tell a story and set a mood'. Now living in the Seaford/Yorktown area of Virginia, this 30 year touring veteran seems to be expanding his audience at every opportunity. 'With clear-sighted lyrics, he paints powerful but unassuming images on canvas, images that remind us of the simple pleasures of life.' Brenda Barkley, Booking -TFFM 'His gifts for writing/performing are remarkable....and moving' Joe Henry, Acoustic Sounds Cafe, Little Rock, AR '...great night...one of the best shows...soaring energy' B. Graham, 'Off The Shelf' WHRV, Norfolk, VA '
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