Ron Hendee Band

Ron Hendee Band

 Everett, Washington, USA
BluesSoul

This first CD is a horn driven, R&B, Soul, and Blues compilation of six originals and four cover songs. Strong vocals and funky rhythm section featuring national and international artists. CD's are available at cdbaby.com/ronhendee and at performances.

Biography

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Ron Hendee has been playing trumpet professionally since age fourteen. He has been a student of jazz and blues since age twelve. Ron loves soul and blues music and has been influenced by such greats as Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, etc. Ron began his jazz studies under the direction of Clifford Sproul and Robert Austin at age thirteen and performed in the All City Junior High and All City High School stage bands, in Wichita. After moving to Washington state he was the featured trumpet soloist in his high school stage band. The day after high school graduation, Ron opted to go on the road with a northwest touring band, foregoing a college scholarship. He was a featured trumpet soloist with many northwest groups before entering into the Air Force Band where, once again, he was the featured trumpet/vocal soloist in the jazz band. In 1996, Ron was one of the featured worship vocalists in his church. He had joined a local rock group and sang lead/background vocals. Ron has an uncanny talent for harmonies which makes him a known commodity in the Washington Blues Society performing with many different bands. He has studied music theory, in college, which allows him to write and arrange music. Ron has worked his way up through the ranks and has shared the stage with Tommy Castro, Eden Brent, Bernard Allison, Marcia Ball, Elvin Bishop, Chico Banks, Jimmy Thackary, and Dr. John. In 2011, Ron was hired by the Legendary Blues Cruise to run two Jamaramas. The Blues Cruise has been a networking tool that has helped Ron to make many connections with some of the worlds great blues artists. Ron was recently hired again to run jams on the Legendary Blues Cruise for October 2012.

Lyrics

Who Is He And What Is He To You?

Written By: Bill Withers

A man we passed just tried to stare me down. And when I looked at you, you looked at the ground. I don't know who he is, but I think that you do. Dadgummit, Who is he and what is he to you? Something in my heart, and in your eyes. Tells me he's not someone just passing by. And when you cleared your throat, was that your cue. Cadgummit, Who is he and what is he to you? They tell me men don't have no intuition. Is that what you're really thinking, girl, or are you just wishing? Before you wreck your old home, be certain of the new, well, who is he and what is he to you?

Pass It On

Written By: Ron Hendee

Let me share a story of lessons I learned, painful experiences, and bridges I burned. A history of damage, to those that I hurt, I was ever remorseful, and feeling like dirt. Then one day, a voice from on high, said "follow me son, and I will walk you to the light. And when you're feeling strong, pass it on", Getting stronger, I started to heal. I discovered there are no big deals. Respecting all my sisters and brothers, strengthened souls and brought us together. Forget ego and pride and make those amends, those once broken hearts will soon start to mend. And when you're feeling strong, pass it on. He said, "take this knowledge and pass it about, carry the message and there'll be no doubt. Living his laws through the daily grind, be patient and caring you'll achieve a sound mind. Catch the strength from GOD above, share his serenity, peace and love. And when you're feeling strong, pass it on". ad lib out

It Works If You Work It

Written By: Ron Hendee

I used to be a skeptic most of the time, but since I learned to work it, I'm feeling fine. You know it works if you work it, it works if you work it, you know it works if you work it, I'm feeling better all the time. And when I was out there, my life was the pits, but since I learned to work it I ain't gonna quit, you know it works if you work it, it works if you work it, you know it works if you work it, I'm feeling better bit by bit. So if you're feeling hungry, lonely, or tired, just sit right down and work it and you'll be inspired to know it works if you work it, it works if you work it, you know it works if you work it I'm feeling better all the time.

Sweet Sixteen

Written By: Ron Hendee

I remember when she was a little girl, I'd bounce her on my knee. But now that she's sixteen, she don't want nothing to do with me. Sweet sixteen, ain't all it's cracked up to be. Sweet sixteen, gwine to be the death of me.
When she came to me asking, "daddy can I go to the junior prom"? I said, "that all depends on your school work, honey", she packed up and moved in with her mom. Oh, sweet sixteen, ain't all it's cracked up to be. Sweet sixteen, gwine to be the death of me. She came back to live with me in the fall, by spring she was doing all wrong. When I grounded her for drinking, she ran away from home. Sweet sixteen, ain't all it's cracked up to be. Sweet sixteen, gwine to be the death of me. She ran the streets with her new boyfriend, doing things not allowed at home, he got her pregnant then he left her, now the little girl's out there all alone. Sweet sixteen, ain't all it's cracked up to be. Sweet sixteen, gwine to be the death of me.

My Little Boogaloo

Written By: Ron Hendee

Well we met out on the open seas, I was playing flugelhorn and you were on the keys. You sang and played your songs for hours, I backed you up as best I could. And when you told me later, I sounded like Chet Baker, it made my heart feel oh, so good. That's why I'm telling you, My little boogaloo, my little boogaloo, my little boogaloo my love for you is true, my little boogaloo I love you through and through. When I saw you out on the pool deck, we shared some of our history. About our fathers and our brothers, our sisters and our mothers, the importance of our families. I adopted you as my little sister, now you have a piece of my heart. We hugged as though related, my heart was so elated, I knew then we would never part. that's why I'm telling you, my little boogaloo, my little boogaloo, my little boogaloo you know my love is true, my little boogaloo I know you love me too. repeat first verse. My little boogaloo, my little boogaloo, my little boogaloo my heart goes out to you, my little boogaloo you know my love is true. My little boogaloo it cannot be confused, my little boogaloo I'll never lie to you. My little boogaloo this song is just for you, my little boogaloo this brother will forever love you.