Ron Levy, a steady 40+ year veteran of every cool scene to be seen, whether it be with Albert King, B.B. King, Roomful of Blues, Luther 'Guitar Jr' Johnson, Karl Denson or as leader of Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom and as organist, pianist, composer, arranger, sideman or soloist, producer and A&R man of over 200 recording projects of traditional and contemporary Blues, R&B, Soul-Jazz, Gospel, Jamband and real deal, hardcore music from New Orleans, Memphis, NYC, West Coast, Texas and beyond, has garnered many awards and nine Grammy nominations. His original compositions and recordings have been used on every television network and over a dozen films. More @ Levtron.com
Tales of a Road Dog: The Lowdown Along the Blues Highwayby Ron Levy
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You may have never heard of Ron Levy , but he's one heck of a storyteller. He was 'there' and everywhere, back in the day and in person. He's someone you need and will enjoy listening to. Backing up Blues legends since 1966 with determination and much humor, as well as an appreciation for this special time in American musical history, he 'knows'. He went on to record and produce, helping to establish and reinvigorate many artists' careers, while searching and finding his own signature sound. Mr. Levy has got quite a big, full story to tell, as well as thousands of zinging one liners and colorful pranks. And, even a download link to his newest critically acclaimed album, "FUNKY FIESTA!" - included at the end of your eBook.
These 'Tales' are more about the consistently kaleidoscopic cast of characters Levy met -- and the many crazy circumstances he found himself in -- than an autobiography of a celebrated musician/sideman, etc. It's about what he and others saw, experienced and shared with those that were there, too. Superstars like Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali and everyday people are treated with the same deference, equal reference, respect and levity, exposing various generally unknown insights and candid moments.
"This is a 'tell some' not a 'tell all' book. I figured there's more than enough of that cynical, sordid, seedy stuff out there already; right by the checkout register at your local supermarket, show business biography sections, and on Jerry Springer or Dr. Phil, even the network news. That said, these stories are fun, unique and told with sometimes embarrassing candor, prideful irony and plenty of self-mockery. Not wanting to only victimize myself, I thought it only fair to spread it around liberally to and on all my friends, too! With all due respect I ask you: what are friends for anyway?
These are the stories I've told my friends, band-mates and family for years, after returning from my various exploits and journeys or recently jostled to memory. Many have suggested I write them down, and now I have. So I am saying this to you all right now and get this straight; this is not an autobiography, almanac, historical novel, history book, fiction, non-fiction, legal problem, music business, salacious sexy hedonistic expose of debauchery, drugs and sin book, a self-help book, a textbook, religious, mystery, thriller, political, gangster, western saga, spy, adventure, science fiction, Rock n' Roll, etc. book. Well, at least not in its entirety. (But there's plenty of all that in here, just in case!)
So, my dear Reader, If you just love good, real music, stories about many of the wonderful characters who contributed to its pursuit and spirit, travel, geography, living history, non-political social commentary, good food, sweet and bitter memories, as well as comical and heartwarming and inspiring tales, then maybe you'll enjoy this humble effort I wanted to share with all of you.
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Thanks to Ted Drozdowski for his very kind words...... "Ron Levy's Tales of a Road Dog is a definitive, highly personal portrait of the real and occasionally surreal world of a touring musician, It's also a deep look into the blues universe of the late 20th century — packed with colorful characters, living musical history and crazed anecdotes — packed by the likes of B.B. King, Albert King and other notables,including the talented Levy himself. Fans of blues and American music in general, and aspiring road dogs, now have their Bible."
Tales of a Road Dog is the story of Ron Levy's journey through decades of music. I know Ron from the Boston Blues music scene, he's quiet, a bit shy and about the best keys player I've ever had the joy of hearing. His book is like listening to a long conversation of his escapade's. It must have been exciting and a little scary to be a young tall thin nice Jewish man traveling with some of the greatest African American musicians during times when many thought different people should not mix. I got this great book as a Christmas gift and didn't pick it up for three weeks because I knew I would have a hare time putting it down. I was right. He has played with just about every great American Musician you can think of. I'm going to reread it and have already bought a copy for another who loves the craft. Please get this book, read it and share it. Also If you live in the Boston area go LISTEN to this man. He's a treasure! I've been told that as a New Englander I'm spoiled with the amount of live music in our area. It's true! Go out and support live music and support Ron and his craft. Thank you for sharing and I'll be asking you about those things that you left out in order to protect the "innocent"