Stir up some singer/songwriter, folky blues, add a little soulful blues and rock, and you come up with the influences which molded Ron Fetner’s musical career. From his early days of sneaking in old blues and early rock clubs, Ron was being influenced by the music which touched his soul. That's something he never forgot nor left behind. Even while performing with some Washington, DC’s biggest bands, Ron always had a feeling there was a deeper meaning for his career.
After years of paying his dues, Ron finally had enough songs under his belt to release his first solo CD in 1997 entitled "This Box I'm Looking Through". Acoustic/Public Radio quickly took notice and started playing songs from this CD, including “The Folk Sampler with Mike Flynn” and WHRO/Barry Graham’s “Acoustic Highway”. Ron was also a winner in the sixth Songwriters Association of Washington’s Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
Ron released another solo CD, "Turning for Home" in 2001. "Turning for Home" was a totally acoustic project which propelled Ron onto the Kerrville, TX stage and a win in the prestigious Kerrville NewFolk competition. Quickly following, came awards at Doc Watson's/Merlefest Chris Austin Song Contest, Falcon Ridge's Emerging Artist Showcase, the Austin Songwriter Group and Winfield, Kansas' Walnut Valley Song Showcase.
In 2005, Ron released "Defying Gravity", which was recorded in Chris Rosser's Asheville, NC studio. "Gravity" included the holiday favorite, "My Name is Justin", which Ron has provided as a holiday anthem for the Salvation Army's annual Angel Tree campaign.
"Sunday Morning Blue" followed in 2009, which Ron recorded at home, and again worked with good friend Kim Person, doing mixing and editing. "Sunday Morning" included his versions of "Route 66" and "House of the Rising Sun”, along with newly written songs like "Don't Burn the Zion Church" and “Carolina Rain.”
Ron's next recording effort came in January 2011 when he and harpist Tom Dikon teamed to win the Tidewater IBC Blues Challenge. Tom and Ron produced a 6-song EP for their trip to Memphis to compete against other "Challenge" winners. "Watch Your Step" included five original songs written by Tom and Ron and a new version of "Route 66". His latest recording came in 2012 when he was offered the opportunity to play and sing on Blues great, Eddie Shaw's newest CD, “Still Riding High."
Ron has appeared at major festivals like Kerrville Folk Festival, Merlefest, Falcon Ridge, Tucson Folk Festival and First Night-Asheville, and in top venues like Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Little Rock’s Acoustic Sounds Café, Memphis’s Pig On Beale and DC’s famous “The Bayou”. Ron has opened/ shared stages with Trisha Yearwood, David Wilcox, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kate Campbell, and Dire Straits just to name a few. Ron is still riding high, enjoying playing in venues which love to be entertained with Ron's enthusiastic performances. Don't miss an opportunity to see Ron in person.
Opening for Ron Fetner is David Leinweber, who plays a wide variety of venues and musical styles, ranging from rock, to blues, to folk, to gospel. Known as the "Flatpicking Professor," Dr. Leinweber, a faculty member of Emory at Oxford, highlighted the Scottish Bluegrass Association Festival in Perth, Scotland and performs widely at regional acoustic music festivals in the South. He has shared the stage with many fine musicians and often appears as part of the Silverbird Duo. His influences include Dylan, Neil Young, The Dead, Clapton, Norman Blake and Doc Watson. Leinweber has taught piano and guitar for 25 years and has extensive experience as a studio musician, a songwriter, and an arranger. In addition to his solo efforts, he has performed on many records, de-mos, and CDs by other artists. His music has been featured on radio and in many concerts throughout the Atlanta area. As one reviewer said, “(his CD) resonates with honest simplicity as well as musical and poetic talent.” Another reviewer commented, “Great picking combines with good songwriting. What more could you ask?”
Come and enjoy a great meal at Steve’s while being treated to delightful acoustic performances.