Ron Barnes, Banjo & Vocals
 
 

Born on October 31, 1955, Ron has been and still is the “go to” guy in the Tidewater area for the 5 string banjo and mandolin. For 35 years, his love of bluegrass music in general and banjo in particular began at a very early age. As with most banjo players, he cites Earl Scruggs as THE defining influence. He recalls watching the Flatt and Scruggs Martha White television show in the early 60’s and was transfixed by it. In 1967 when “Bonnie and Clyde” came out, it changed his life completely. “I was watching the first chase scene and then the most beautiful sound I had ever heard came flooding over me”. It was the original 1949 version of Foggy Mountain Breakdown. I just remember thinking; I have GOT to be able to do that". And the rest, as they say is history. Ron is an amazing banjo player and can play anything you throw at him with an uncanny sense of style and taste. Down through the years he’s played in several groups in the Tidewater area. Early on was The Flatland Express followed by Storm Warning then a bit further on, East Virginia. Currently he is involved in several musical endeavors, one of which is learning to play the flute. He has recorded on two East Virginia projects and has done a plethora of session work for other artists. In his spare time (which is precious little) he enjoys building and repairing musical instruments, most notably mandolins. In spite of all this, his career has been as an Engineering Technician for NASA/Langley Research Center. Ron is the proud father of 2 sons, Colin and Nicholas and he resides in Yorktown.

Ron Barnes, Banjo & Vocals

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