Ronny Criss

Ronny Criss

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

With passionate and well-crafted songs, Ronny Criss brings soul, heart and a new voice to Americana, Country and Alternative Country music. His words are as poetic as they are real and his melody will take up residence within you.

Biography

Ronny Criss, formerly from Chicago now based out of Nashville, TN, is a singer/songwriter whos been writing and performing since his late teens. Originally forming a band back in school at the University of Illinois, Ronny played with a solid group of friends who all came from different backgrounds to form Phineas Gage.

Upon graduation three members of the band moved to Chicago in the spring of 2002 and continued under the name Walkman Light. This incarnation of the band took on a more roots rock/60s & 70s rock vibe and abandoned their previous more college/acoustic rock sound. The last two years Ronnys music has been turning corners and been moving in a direction more closely related to his childhood roots.

Born in Forest City, AR, Ronny spent the first five years of his life in a very rural country town 60 miles west of Memphis. At the age of five he moved to Chicago, but spent every summer there after until high school with his old man in Arkansas, many of those summers working directly with his father on a numerous farms near his home town. This experience left a lasting impression on a very creative and insightful young child.

Ronnys music now leans more towards an alternative Country or Folk based rock sound that pulls from a huge pool of artists that inspired him along the way. His influences include Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson, The Rolling Stones and U2 and more modern artist such as Ryan Adams, Ben Harper and Dave Mathews.

Over the last few years Ronny has played at many of Chicagos popular music venues, places like The Elbo Room, Joes on Weed St., The Pontiac Café, Wise Fools Pub and even the VIP Lounge at the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park, IL for Concerts with Alan Jackson and Big N Rich. 2005 was a good year. In 2006 Ronny continued make great strides in Nashville, TN proving to be a real up and coming talent in Music City. A powerful songwriter and artist with a gift for the heart of the matter, Ronny began working with producer Chris Floyd on recording his forth coming EP "A Perfect View" due for release in Spring 2007.

Lyrics

Boxing Gloves

Written By: Ronny Criss and Rebecca Hosking

Boxing Gloves
Music Ronny Criss &
Lyrics by Ronny Criss & Rebecca Hosking

Through the hurtful years you always saved those tears
For the laundry room when you knew the cost was clear
You did your best to hold it in cause someone had to be strong for us kids
Till that one day when I heard you say

All you really want to do is push me
Over the edge so I fall quickly
Down in a ditch I’ll never crawl out of
But all you really do is make me stronger
And this is the day that I no longer
Put up with this hatred you call love
Yeah that was the day you used your boxing gloves

Every since you’ve knew him; he always had his way
And you got in his ring every single day
He fought hard to let you know that you are something less than valuable
And I’m proud you had the strength to say

All you really want to do push me
Over the edge so I fall quickly
Down in a ditch I’ll never crawl out of
But all you really do is make me stronger
And this is the day that I no longer
Put up with this hatred you call love
That was the day you used your

boxing gloves because it was the round he took his punches
And there you were toe to toe….you looked him in the eyes when he hit the floor

Because now he no longer gets to push you
Water your eyes and try to hurt you
The tables have turned and look who's covering up
Because all he really did is make you stronger
And I saw the day that you no longer
Put up with that hatred he called love
You got of the ropes and used your boxing gloves

Tag: Yeah it look like that one really hurt!

Mary Ann

Written By: Ronny Criss

Mary Ann they can hear you cry And everybody in here wants to know why
But that’s a little secret that I
Will keep to myself

Mary Ann if you had the world on a string
Would you walk a dog or rock this baby to sleep
Well you know what they say
From here on out things are gonna change

Because there is so much here in a lifetime
A perfect machine will never know what it’s like

Mary Ann can I use my thumb
To whip the tears from your eyes some
Pretty soon peace will come
Not to mention pride, we’re gonna be alright

Because there so much here in this lifetime
A perfect machine will never know what it’s like

Sometimes it only takes a night to rearrange a couple lives
Turn a world upside down, but we can still turn this around
I hope, I hope, I hope

Mary Ann they can hear you cry And everybody in here wants to know why
But that’s a little secret I
Will keep to myself

Discography

Phineas Gage-..about last night--2001
Walkman Light- self titled EP--2004
Ronny Criss- Mercy Mechanics--2007