“Bluegrass Gospel CD of the Year” Nashville’s Ronnie Dean
Fulfilling His Father’s Vision
with Music and Gifting
By PHIL SWEETLAND
Music and Radio Contributor
NASHVILLE – With his new album, Ronnie Dean is fulfilling what he’s always felt was his musical destiny.
That’s because at long last, Ronnie is able to sing, write, and record the full range of his immense musical talents and imagination, which will showcase his love for many genres of music, from Christian to Bluegrass to jazz and all points in between. That’s a journey that began in Seattle, a place Ronnie liked way more then than now.
One Hour Interview with Ronnie Dean original AirDate
February 14, 2014
“At that time, Seattle was a pretty neat city,” he said in early March. “It offered a lot of growth in itself. Now it’s just like New York City, with six lanes going each way and jammed.”
Early on, Ronnie worked on cars and hot rods, and took up the trumpet in school bands.
has earned Ronnie recognition throughout the Southeast, and he’s worked on the pianos of many country and pop superstars. Once he got here, however, the music scene wasn’t all he thought it would be.
“It’s one word, disheartening,” Ronnie says.
Happily, Ronnie kept writing, recording, and touring. He recorded two powerhouse Christian albums, So Many Times and Thief In The Night, which are still available on his Web site.
And two years ago, Ronnie discovered a music which has changed his life – Bluegrass.
“I love Bluegrass because it’s fun,” Ronnie says. “It’s something new that I haven’t done before. The whole genre of Bluegrass is huge, and I had no idea that it’s as big as it is.”
Besides, Ronnie’s Bluegrass work led him to a wonderful new marriage, to an Americana Bluegrass banjo player formerly named Nancy Held whose fans have long known by her stage name as Digger Lou.
Working with longtime bass sideman Ron de la Vega and Hank Jr. Dobro and steel player Mike Daly, Ronnie is putting the finishing touches on an album that at last combines all of his musical influences in one package.
It’s a remarkably emotional experience.
“I’ve been holding back for years, and I’m sick of it,” he says. “People don’t like you to show what you know, but now I’m gonna have fun. Me and God are the only ones I have to please.”
That’s a Dynamic Duo which Ronnie has felt most comfortable with his whole life, and now at long last his new single “Everything” and album are giving him the chance to show the full range of his talents.
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