Ron performing at Gig Harbor Farmer's Market, September 1999
Hello everyone, I'm Ron Fowler, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and terrible piano player. You may have seen me in the Northwest playing on my own, or with my group, The RF's. If you haven't, well, let me clue you in. First of all, what is an RF? Right Field? Rat Fink? Radio Frequency? Rotten Fielder? My answer is: whatever pleases you!
Haven't heard our music? Go back to our home page, and there's a link where you can hear us on Soundcloud. We also have stuff on YouTube. You can even find me on Myspace, but I don't go there much anymore. I sing and play guitar, my brother Jeff is our bass player, and he sings a few songs in our shows, too.
People ask us "what kind of music do you guys play?" I say "rock 'n' roll". That means a hundred different things to a hundred different people, but I guess the best description of our show is "hard 'n' heavy with marshmallow". Some of the artists and bands that I love are the Kinks, the Lovin' Spoonful, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Beatles, Badfinger, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Rick Nelson, Bob Dylan, Little Richard...well, that's a few of them. I'm sure they have all influenced me in my music.
The RF's shows feature a combination of our own songs, along with familiar songs from the past by Stealers Wheel, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Cheap Trick Five Man Electrical Band. We enjoy playing street fairs, festivals, farmers markets, state parks. and the occasional bar or donut shop. It's always a high energy show, but not one that should cause permanent hearing loss.
I also perform 'around the sound' on my own, with just my voice and acoustic guitar. I can play you any song the Beatles ever did, all the Elvis you'll ever want to hear, although my favorite singer is Rick Nelson. You're not going to hear me singing anything from today's hit lists - if I do anything new, it's something I wrote. I'm more comfortable with bands like America, Bread, artists like Gordon Lightfoot and Lobo.
I have recorded a few cd's in recent years, on my own and with the RF's. "Radio Frequency" from 2006 was my first work in the digital realm. They're songs I was working on - off and on - for about 10 years. Some of them felt too private to share, but it was something I needed to get out of me. The sound is harder rock, closer to the RF's sound than my previous solo recordings. The lyrics touch on subjects ranging from spirituality to political and social concerns.
The RF's new cd is titled "Eyetunes" - give it a listen when you get a chance. We are always working on new stuff, I enjoy recording and the creativity that it brings out in us. We try various things, some work, some don't. My next goal is to get a couple of my songs on record - an actual vinyl record.
Our lead guitarist for many years was Dave Park, but he is currently on hiatus from the band, although you can hear his great playing on "Eyetunes".
Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you soon!
For booking info, please contact Ron at his email address.
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