Thursday, October 19th, 2017 08:00 AM
- Thursday, October 19th, 2017 08:00 AM
- 216 E Main St Johnson City TN 37604
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Ron Short is a veteran singer/songwriter/musician/playwright who was born in Dickenson County, Virginia. He is a multi-instrumentalist and his music ranges from Old Regular Baptist “lined-out” singing to new songs and styles of an Americana singer/songwriter. For the past thirty years he has performed with Roadside Theater throughout the world in venues as diverse as the Divadlo Theater in Brno, Czech Republic, Lincoln Center in New York City, National Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. to the Old Indian Bottom Baptist Church, Blackey, Kentucky and the Farmers and Ranchers hall in Choteau, Montana. And, too many music festivals to begin to name!!
He has written a dozen plays, with music, which have been produced all over the World.
He is a co-producer of “Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields”. He is also the musical director of Music of Coal concerts.
He produced Lonesome Record’s “Appalachia: Music From Home” a collection of Appalachian music which is the companion CD for the PBS Series , “Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People”.
With his band The Possum Playboys “Rooster Named Jack” and “Hillbilly Highway” available from CDBaby.com
Ron Short and The Possum Playboys / Press
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““His music is the real deal: the music that came from Britain and Ireland, augmented by those who toiled in the mines and on the farms, and evolved into American folk music.” —CMT (Country Music Today) Magazine ”
“Dirty Linen Magazine said of the songs on the album Wings To Fly, “It’s the stuff of earthy life, and the skill of Short’s work in the tradition suggests that some of his songs may well become part of that tradition in another couple decades.””
“Ron Short’s songs sound as though they were written by a rural Bruce Springsteen.” Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Neb. ”
"Ron Short and The Possum Playboys brought something new to the festival---Cajun accordion and western swing---when they left the stage there was a smile on every face in the audience!!" The Post, Big Stone Gap Va.
““This is entirely fresh, contemporary work, but it captures the heart and soul of the Celtic roots and the foundation of traditional old time mountain music. . . Wings to Fly is completely unique, timeless work.” —John Wolfe, Colorado Bluegrass Music Association”
“Ron Short’s songs in the production ranged from foot-stomping hoedowns to elegiac, heart rending ballads. His music alone is worth the price of admission.” San Francisco Chronicle”
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