My name is Ron. I live in far north Texas, a few towns away from the Red River, the border of Oklahoma. Married for the second time since April 2000. I'm a few weeks away from being 45 years old. I'm technically a grandpa. My wife daughter has a daughter that just turned 1 year old.
I have been a GnR fan since they first came out with Appetite for Destruction.
I have played guitar since Oct 1974 (self-taught) and have sung seriously since 1987 (self-taught.) I've been compared unsuccessfully to others. During the 90's, I thought I most sounded like Klaus Meine from the Scorpions. But my father-in-law had a different comparison. We gave him a celtic christmas album with Luka Bloom singing "Ciara" on it. He thought that was me on the album. Bloom is a natural, open-throated tenor from Ireland who sings traditional celtic and comtemporary R & B and pop music. To put it another way, Bloom sings in the same fashion as Bono from U2, he just has a different vocal timbre. I would say that I am a tenor with an upper range that tips into castrati.
My avatar is my dog, Shadow. He is a 5.5 year old mix of Siberian Husky and Lab, but mostly Siberian. The tag in the sig is from the chukchi people of northeastern Siberia. They bred the chukchi dog for thousands of years. The breed later became known as the Siberian Husky after Leonard Seppala brought them to Alaska.
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Professionally, I am an electrician. I started doing electrical work in 1983. I have a Texas Master Electrician License and a Sherman Master/Contractor License. But I have played with a few bands. In the late 80's and early 90's I tried out for a few in the DFW area of North Texas. Notably, I auditioned for Razin Cain and XLR8. They weren't interested in me though Razin Cain were the most polite and professional of the lot. In the early 80's, a friend and I started Translucent Blue Plexiglass (we were frustrated hippies). Later, he formed Trident, which then became Magenta.
Other times, I have performed while waiting for friends of ours, the Blues Tones, to set up at a local bar and grill. At a New Year's Party, I teamed up on the spot with a local jazz and blues saxaphonist. We came up with the only version I know of doing "Freebird" by Lynrd Skynrd using tenor sax for the solo and improv. My set ranged from "Down Under" by Men at Work to "Brandy" by Looking Glass to "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zepellin. I have since added "Highway to Hell" and "Long Way to the Top" by AC/DC and "Holy Diver" by Ronnie James Dio. Occasionally, I sneak in "I Don't Believe in Love" by Queensryche.
I doubt I'm ever going to make it in the music world and I like going home every day but I enjoy music and have all of my life. And, to me, Guns and Roses was the most exciting thing since Led Zepellin.