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Ronn Crowder
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About Ronn Crowder


Ronn Crowder was born in Memphis, Tennessee, Ronn is from a family of musicians. His grandfather JB Maxcy was the first man to play harmonica live on the radio. -Atlanta Journal, Sept 22, 1923. Ronn started singing in public when he was 3 years old at the corner barber shop. He did session work around Memphis until 1981. Worked in Sun Recording Studios, American Studios, Ardent Studios, Sounds of Memphis, and Stairway Studios in Memphis. In 1981 he relocated to the Los Angeles area and worked in the music business there until 1994. After the Northridge earthquake the Crowder family relocated to central Kentucky until present. Ronn is now a wellknown musician in the central Kentucky area.

He comes by his bluesy Memphis style naturally, having been born and raised in the Home of the Blues. With a huge repertoire of HUNDREDS of songs, he consistently pleases audiences, taking requests and throwing in some of his own original songs recorded on Altus Records.

Ronn was a featured performer at the first five Memphis in May music festivals. He served as opening act in concerts headlined by Rick Springfield, Pure Prairie League, Styx, Stephen Bishop, Koko Taylor, and Eddie Clearwater, among others. He has also performed on stage and/or recordings with Furry Lewis, Leo LeBlanc, The Hombres, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bonnie Bramlett, Lindy Hearne, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, and played with Don McNatt and the Smplzat Band, in additon to fronting his own Harp Country Band at the Palomino and other venues in Los Angeles. He hosted a popular songwriter’s showcase in Los Angeles at the “Hideaway” in Kagel Canyon. Many celebrities would come out (some to perform), including Bonnie Bramlett, David Carradine, William Shatner, and others.

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  • • 2018 Lifetime Achievement Lexington Music Awards
  • • 1993 California Country Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year (Harmonica)

Ronn’s “Harp Country” album was released on Altus Records in 1998. Over 10 years in the making. Three of the songs from “Harp Country” were featured in the motion picture “Devil Girl” directed by Rob Zombie. (DVD Available). One song, “Down So Long” had a complete scene built around it, according to movie producer Tracy Wilcox. For more details about the movie go to http:www.devilgirlthemovie.com.

Ronn’s solo album, Memphis Town, also on Altus Records, was released in 2011 and is available online at www.cdbaby.com/artist/ronncrowder or at any online digital retailer like iTunes, cdbaby, amazon, etc.

RC and the NightShades has performed at many venues in the Central Kentucky area, including the Governor’s Derby Party in Frankfort and the Blues Between the Bridges Concert.

Their first album released on Altus Records in late 2014, is “Snakebit” a 12 song album by RC and the NightShades. It is comprised of four of Ronn’s compositions, one a co-written effort with Lindsay Olive, lead guitarist for the band, and the rest of the songs are well-known songs with the NightShades’ touch. Horn arrangements by Jay Flippin. The album was submitted by Altus Records for Grammy consideration in seven categories. It is available at www.cdbaby.com/artist/rcandthenightshades.

Ronn was presented with the Lexington Music Award in 2018 for Lifetime Achievement; nominated in 2017 for Best Blues Artist, and RC and the NightShades were nominated for the same award in 2016 and 2018.

RC and the NightShades released a new album in 2017 entitled “Made In the Shade” with several familiar blues cover songs and some original songs written by Crowder. The album was on the 2018 Grammy Ballot in four categories!

Song List

  • Act Naturally - Buck Owens
  • Angel From Montgomery - John Prine
  • Back in the Saddle Again - Gene Autry
  • Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich
  • Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed
  • Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Willie Nelson
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky - Merle Travis
  • Blue Shadows on the Trail - Roy Rogers
  • Country Road Take Me Home - John Denver
  • Crazy - Willie Nelson/Patsy Cline
  • Dead Skunk - Loudon Wainwright
  • Desperado - Eagles
  • Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis
  • Don’t Make Me Laugh - David Allen Coe
  • Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right - Dylan
  • Down So Long - Orig.
  • El Paso - Marty Robbins
  • Evangelina - Hoyt Axton
  • Flashback Blues - John Prine
  • Folsom Prison Blues -Johnny Cash
  • Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
  • Green Green Grass of Home - Tom Jones
  • He’ll Have to Go - Jim Reeves
  • Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis
  • Here’s a Quarter - Travis Tritt
  • Hey Good Lookin’ - Hank Williams
  • I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You - Elvis
  • I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love w/You - Hank
  • I Guess It Doesn’t Matter Any More - Buddy Holly
  • I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
  • Illegal Smile - John Prine
  • Jambalaya - Hank Williams
  • Just Walk on By -LeRoy VanDyke
  • King of the Road - Roger Miller
  • Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams
  • Love Me - Elvis
  • Lying Eyes - Eagles
  • Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
  • Me and Bobby McGee - Kris Kristofferson
  • On the Road Again -Willie Nelson
  • Ophelia -.Levon Helm
  • Paradise (Muhlenberg County) - John Prine
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling - Eagles
  • Please Don’t Bury Me - John Prine
  • Poke Salet Annie - Tony Joe White
  • Ring of Fire -Johnny Cash
  • Sixteen Tons - Merle Travis
  • Slidin’ In The Mud - Original
  • Sweet Baby James - James Taylor
  • Take It to The Limit - Eagles
  • Teddy Bear - Elvis
  • Tennessee Waltz - Pee Wee King
  • That’s When Your Heartaches Begin - Elvis
  • The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down - The Band
  • The Weight (Take A Load Off Fanny) - The Band
  • Third Rate Romance - Amazing Rhythm Aces
  • Thunder Road - Robert Mitchum
  • Today I Started Loving You - Merle Haggard
  • Tumbling Tumbleweeds - Sons of Pioneers
  • Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison
  • Up On Cripple Creek - The Band
  • When Will I Be Loved - Buddy Holly
  • You Don’t Have to Call Me Darlin’ - David Allen Coe
  • You Don’t Know Me - Eddy Arnold
  • Your Cheatin’ Heart - Hank Williams
  • Rock
  • A Day In The Life - Beatles
  • All Along The Watchtower - Dylan
  • All Over Now - Stones
  • Ballad of a Thin Man - Dylan
  • Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis
  • Dead Flowers - Stones
  • Dixie Chicken - Little Feat
  • Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis
  • Everybody Must Get Stoned - Dylan
  • Further On Up The Road - Springsteen
  • Get Back - Beatles
  • Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis
  • Honky Tonk Women - Stones
  • Hush - Joe South
  • I Got A Line on You - Spirit
  • Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
  • Last Time - Stones
  • Like A Rolling Stone - Dylan
  • Love the One You’re With - Stephen Stills
  • Memphis - Chuck Berry
  • People Are Strange - Doors
  • Riders On The Storm - Doors
  • Runaway - Del Shannon
  • School Day - Chuck Berry
  • The Letter - Joe Cocker
  • This Could Be The Last Time - Stones
  • Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
  • Let It Be Me - Jerry Butler
  • My Girl - Temptations
  • Nobody Was Smilin’- RC Orig.
  • Poison Ivy - Coasters
  • Poke Salet Annie - Tony Joe White
  • She Caught The Katy - Taj Mahal
  • Slidin’ In The Mud - RC Orig.
  • Snakebit- RC Orig.
  • Up on Cripple Creek - The Band
  • You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Righteous Bros.
  • Pop
  • To Love Somebody - Bee Gees
  • Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  • Come Together - Beatles
  • Drift Away - Dobie Gray
  • Get Back - Beatles
  • Hide Your Love Away - Beatles
  • I Can’t Help Falling In Love - Elvis
  • I Fought The Law - Bobby Fuller 4
  • Into The Mystic - Van Morrison
  • Just Like A Woman - Dylan
  • Love Potion #9 - Searchers
  • Michelle - Beatles
  • Norwegian Wood - Beatles
  • Our House - CSN&Y
  • Piano Man - Billy Joel
  • She’s Not There - Zombies
  • Something - Beatles
  • Spooky - Classics Iv
  • Sunny Afternoon - Kinks
  • This is Your Song - Elton John
  • Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison
  • You’ve Got A Friend - Carole King
  • Oldies
  • Don’t / Misunderstood - Nina Simone
  • Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
  • Since I Fell - Lenny Welch
  • The Weight - The Band
  • Tobacco Road - Nashville Teens
  • Under The Boardwalk - Drifters
  • Up On The Roof - Drifters
  • Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum
  • Blues
  • Baby What You Want - Jimmy Reed
  • Back To The - RC Orig.
  • Before You Accuse Me - Clapton
  • Bell Bottom - Clapton
  • Bring It On Home To Me - Sam Cooke
  • Broken Heart - RC Orig.
  • Crossroads - Clapton
  • Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven - Albert King
  • Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters
  • Green Onions - Booker T&MGs
  • Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
  • House Of The Rising Sun - Animals
  • I Just Want To Make Love To You - Muddy Waters
  • I’m Crying - Animals
  • Key to the Highway - Bill Bruford
  • Love Me - Elvis
  • Mercy Mercy Mercy - Cannonball
  • Nobody Knows You - Clapton
  • Sittin’ On Top Of The World - Mississippi Sheiks
  • St. James Infirmary - Louis Armstrong
  • Stormy Monday - T-Bone Walker
  • The Thrill Is Gone - BB King


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