Out of the Box: Emerging Artist Series
DateJan 12, 2023
Event Starts7:00 PM
Doors Open6:00 PM
Free Event Highlighting Local Curated Artists
Join us every Thursday through March 9 for a FREE concert by one of Hampton Roads' best local bands, hosted live by WHRO's Paul Shugrue! Every Out of the Box concert starts at 7pm with doors opening at 6pm. Concerts are standing room only - please contact email@example.com or call 757.385.2535 regarding a VIP table purchase or sponsorship.
About Ron Fetner
Ron Fetner’s is approaching a five-decade music career with 35 years devoted to a singer/songwriter tag. His first solo album, This Box I’m Looking Through, found its way to Folk/Acoustic/Americana radio. As an example, the title song ended up with the honor of “one of the most played songs on NPR/Public Radio’s 35-year run "Folk Sampler with Mike Flynn.” By the time Ron’s second offering, Turning For Home, hit the market, he had garnished a Kerrville NewFolk winner award, Mid Atlantic Songwriter Contest Gold title, and a Chris Austin Song Contest finalist spot at Doc Watson’s Merlefest. Performance stops were at venues like Nashville’s Bluebird Café and Radio Café, Atlanta’s Eddies Attic, DC’s Bayou, and festivals like South Florida, Tucson, Gamble Rogers, and Falcon Ridge, to name a few, plus, numerous stops at coffeehouses/ house concerts throughout the country. Follow-up recordings include Defying Gravity, Sunday Morning Blue, Watch Your Step (with blues harpist Tom Dikon), and a nod to his rocking bluesy DC/Georgetown days with 2017’s “BlueHouse Project. Post-pandemic Ron has settled back into the story song chair.
The release kicks off with the title track, Down A Gravel Road, a song about the change of season and missing a loved one while walking down a gravel road. (Michael Lille, solo/fills, acoustic, electric guitars). Crossed The Scarecrow, with its Bluegrass 6/8 feel, follows with a unique look at conquering the obstacles of life. A warm, sunny morning after a cold stormy night takes the listener to Brand New Day. A fingerstyle instrumental is next, My Little Bud named for Ron’s partner in house crimes, Spotty, the cat. I Got You, looks at those who love us as we age. (Michael Lille- solo). A re-record/remix of White Cotton is next, a story song from the cotton fields of the south. (Michael Lille on resonator guitar and Mark Wenner on harp). Carolina Rain, re-record/re-mix, takes us to the North Carolina mountains. (Michael Tramonte-Keys). A remix of Newport Blue connects us to the docks with a shipyard workers’ blues. Final track, a solo guitar/vocal version of the award-winning This Box I’m Looking Through, (Kerrville NewFolk).
“…One of the best songwriters I’ve ever known. Ron is able to bring out the old movie projector and I settle in with the popcorn. He will take you there…Brenda Barkley, Talent Buyer-TFAM/TFFM
“…This irrepressible guitarist and singer draws on traditional folk, southeastern roots music and early blues and jazz to create his own earnest brand of Americana” Connect Savannah News, Savannah, GA