Ron chose not to play a guitar till after he graduated Indiana University, Bloomington, with a degree in biology and earth sciences. (He was a biology and geology teacher on the Navajo Reservation for a short time in the ‘70‘s.) He knew he would give the guitar his heart as soon as he touched it, which is exactly what happened, and he’s devoted himself to it ever since.
He’s now a Master Luthier in Milwaukee, and a working musician since starting the Acoustic Warriors, a Native American folk rock duo, with Andy Connors in 1995. Sadly, after 8 years of playing together, a stroke took Andy away from making the music he loves.
But first, after graduating IU, Ron spent 5 years developing his incredible ambidexterity on the assembly line of RCA in Bloomington. Then 12 years as a salesman in his father’s foundry supply business honed his people skills, transcending the student worker. Finally, his apprenticeship to a luthier helped coalesce the musician/artisan attempting to translate nature into the interpretation of his soul.
But it was at an Acoustic Warriors performance at the Coffee House in 1996 that Saji first heard Ron. They soon formed the Mambo Surfers. Thus Ron had the honor of playing for years in two highly creative, energizing duos.
His musical influences have always been wide-ranging -- Zappa to CSNY, John Mayall, Stravinsky and Bach, from B.B. King to Osibisa, Miles Davis and Redbone.
Ron works both out of his own luthier workshop, and as in-house head luthier for Cream City Music (physical store) and Warp Drive Music (on the internet).