Ron Renninger

Ron Renninger

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Superb picking; Distinctive vocals; Both woven seamlessly around well-crafted and powerful songs. Ron leaps across a wide range of musical genres lightly touching down in some rather surprising places....

Biography

Audiences find much to relate to in Ron's heartfelt song writing; words and music that draw on a wealth of experience from a fascinating and well-traveled life.
Wheather it's channeling his inner old blues master in songs like "I Got the River (in my Backyard)", to addressing existential issues in "No Matter How Big You Are", or to trying to outrun heartache in "If Time were a Highway", one is left with some moving and unforgettable stories and images.
Aided by outstanding dexterity on an old Martin, and a slightly raspy baritone, Ron's music touches on universal themes that can at once entertain, inspire and often move some feet....

Bio:

Self taught at age 15, Ron soon formed the first band to be signed to the newly formed SIRE records, such early success was very encouraging to a starry eyed teenager who moved to NY's Greenwich Village to pursue his music career.
Dividing his time between Woodstock NY, Manhattan and Northern California, Ron added to his musical experiences by rubbing elbows and jamming with such greats as David Bromberg, Jorma Kaukonen, Doc Watson, Buzz Feiten, Tim Hardin, and Taj Mahal. (during a particularly exciting six month stretch, Ron played back up for Chuck Berry, jammed with Santana and had a one-on-one with Jimi Hendrix. ..one of his heroes at the time)
Moving on to recording, he became a sought-after session guitarist on New York's highly competitive recording circuit. Ron's quest for a more acoustic sound led him to the Green Mountains of Vermont. It was while performing with folk-rock groups such as the popular Willow that he began honing his distinctive singing and song writing skills.

In his career so far, he has shared the stage with such greats as Richie Havens, Lucinda Williams, Jesse Colin Young, John Hammond Jr., Lucy Kaplansky, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, and Christine Lavin. (He was also one of the artists on Christine Lavin's very popular compilation CD and tour, "THE STEALTH PROJECT, musicundertheradar")

He's performed in countless venues and festivals from Tampa to Tokyo; from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival (where he was a finalist in the troubador competition) to NYC's Bottom Line to London's Albert Hall.

Ron's five CDs, have been well received. His most current "SOULMATES & SENTENCES" will be joined by his soon to be released 6th CD, "LATE BLOOMER". His discography also includes "ANOTHER KITE TO FLY", "THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF LOVE", "VANISHING BREED" and "ELDERSONGS".

Lyrics

"If Time Were a Highway"

Written By: Ron Renninger

IF TIME WERE A HIGHWAY

IF TIME WERE A HIGHWAY
I'd buy the fastest car
I'd buy the fastest car and I would drive

I'd drive until
you were out of sight
until you were nothing
but a memory
IF TIME WERE A HIGHWAY

If wishes could be bought
I would beg, steal and borrow
And we never would have met
and gone would be the sorrow

IF TIME WERE A HIGHWAY
IF TIME WERE A HIGHWAY
I'd buy the fastest car

I'd get in and turn the key
I'd put my foot down on the gas
And soon enough the pain would be
all in the past......

and if wishes could be bought
I would beg, steal and borrow
And we never would have met
and gone would be the sorrow

IF TIME WERE A HIGHWAY
IF TIME WERE A HIGHWAY
I'd buy the fastest car

No Matter How Big You Are

Written By: Ron Renninger

NO MATTER HOW BIG YOU ARE

Another dispute on a distant shore
A young man off to another war
I think I understand but I'm not quite sure
To whom do I look
For an answer.....

NO MATTER HOW BIG YOU ARE
There's someone above you
No matter how small you are
Somebody could love you

With a roll of the die
And a turn of the wheel
You start out your life
And hope you find something real
And though so much is unrevealed
you know you gotta believe in something

I've Got the River (in my backyard)

Written By: Ron Renninger

RIVER IN MY BACKYARD

I GOT THE RIVER in my backyard
I GOT THE RIVER in my backyard
Life aint that easy,
but it aint that hard

I keep the bible right by my bed
I keep the bible right by my bed
If the devil comes knockin'
he's got a fight on his hands

I go fishing any time I please
I go fishing any time I please
and if the river rises,
I got a place in that tree

It Aint No Use

Written By: Ron Renninger

IT AINT NO USE

It aint no use
Saying goodbye
Cause I always come back
Bye and bye

It aint no use saying farewell
I picture your face
And I lose my will

The life that we built
Is filled with regret
And the love is all gone
That was there when we met

But it aint no use
Saying goodbye
Cause I always come
Back bye and bye

CH

Keep The Species Going

Written By: Ron Renninger

KEEP THE SPECIES GOING

Oh girl you look so pretty
in your lipstick and those shoes
You must know what you make
A man like me wanna do......

KEEP THE SPECIES GOING
You make me wanna
KEEP THE SPECIES GOING
Come on let's
KEEP THE SPECIES GOING
All night long

Now girl wouldn't you feel awful
If we all became extinct
Because you were so selfish
Well I believe we're on the brink...So let's

KEEP THE SPECIES GOING
Come on and
KEEP THE SPECIES GOING
I said let's
KEEP THE SPECIES GOING
Let's start right away

Sometimes you just gotta look
Beyond your own pretty face
Me, I just want's best
For the human race.....so let's

CH.

(oh honey, extinction is forever....)

No Matter How Big You Are

Written By: Ron Renninger


NO MATTER HOW BIG YOU ARE

Another dispute on a distant shore
A young man off to another war
I think I understand but I'm not quite sure
To whom do I look
For an answer.....

NO MATTER HOW BIG YOU ARE
There's someone above you
No matter how small you are
Somebody could love you

With a roll of the die
And a turn of the wheel
You start off your life
And hope you find something real
And though so much is unrevealed
You know you've got to believe in something
CH

Witness the spectacle, the dancing bears
The puppets on the strings and the masks everywhere
Why is it so hard for love to be shared?
and if I knew, would anybody listen...
(I dont think so...)

CH

Memories of You

Written By: Ron Renninger

MEMORIES OF YOU

Lately it's been hard
getting out of bed
it's like a ball and chain
these MEMORIES OF YOU

how your eyes could sparkle
the way you'd comb your hair
I'm a man behind bars
of MEMORIES OF YOU

everybody tells me
time will heal the pain
and that someday I'll learn
to love again
but now I can't imagine
ever going free......

the table in the kitchen
the pillow on the bed
they're part of my prison
of MEMORIES OF YOU

Discography

"Another Kite to Fly"
"There but for the Grace of Love"
"Vanishing Breed"
"Eldersongs"
"Soulmates & Sentences"
"Late Bloomer" (due out summer 08)

Set List

I draw from a repertoire of over 150 original songs...including:
I Got the River (in my backyard)
Scouting Missions
If Time were A Highway
No Matter How Big You Are
I Wanna be Everything (to you)
Mother Earth
Even the Strongest of Trees
Keep the Species Going
Another Kite To Fly
Shadow of Doubt
The Forecast is Good
Love Had to Follow
Full Moon Rising
Living Proof
Veteran
Heart of the City
Nightingale
It Aint no Use
Sweet Old Time
I Wish I Had A Clone
A Little bit of Peace (on Earth)
Thee but for the Grace of Love
Twilight
Copernicus
Dark Side of Love
Love is a Short Word
Memories of You
Only the Rivers Run Free
My Heart s in Your Hands
Sweetest Love Ever Made
Halftime Band
Classical Song
On the Corner of Gunhill and Hell