Railroad Ron at the 2003 Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield
Although he didn't get the name until much later, Railroad Ron has
been involved in music since he was a teen.
Over the years, he's played and sang with numerous local bands
and groups, recorded albums and tapes, and even appeared on The
Johnny Cash Show. He's played country, rock, old time, polkas,
waltzes, big band and "almost everything in between."
In 1980, Ron purchased an accordion and rhythm machine and began
playing solo. It was at this time that he took the name Railroad
Ron. Although Ron used to live by the railroad tracks, it is
probably his admiration for the late, great "Boxcar Willie" that
got him the name.
Railroad Ron sings patriotic songs at a private party.
Over the years, Railroad Ron has performed at fairs, festivals,
bars, picnics, weddings and anniversaries, among other venues. He
now plays orchestrated keyboard and sings as part of his musical
variety show. Ron does many senior shows, but his music doesn't
stop there. Because of the wide variety of songs, he is able to
reach all age groups.
Ron always tries to play requests, and invites audience participation through songs such as The Chicken Dance. He also supplies good, clean humor.
Ron recalls a saying that the late Grand Ole Opry star Roy Acuff
once told fellow member Minnie Pearl: "Love the audience and they'll love you back." It is a phrase that Ron has followed throughout life.
For more information about Railroad Ron, or to book him for an
event, call 920-426-RAIL (7245) or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.