Date:   8/8/2008

Famous actor, Ronny Cox’s lyric-driven folky sound showcased at Thrasher

Musician/Actor Ronny Cox asks, “Have you ever wondered how a story of 'questionable veracity' gets started?” And then, as storytellers will do he gives us the answer. “Well... some small grain of truth gets twisted and turned and then told and retold. Eventually that small grain has grown into a boulder of ‘undeniable truth’ that you would bet your house on!” Come enjoy an evening of “Songs, Stories and Out and Out Lies” with Ronny Cox on Friday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake.

In his show titled, “Songs, Stories and Out and Out Lies”, Ronny showcases his original, sophisticated storytelling that has a, “lyric-driven folky sound”. Be prepared to take a unique & emotional journey with this fun-filled and thought provoking music. This is a one-of-a-kind singer/songwriter and storyteller.

"I've always loved old black and white films... 'film noir'...those cinematic images were always so compelling to me," Ronny said. Referring to one of his stand out songs in his live show and on the new CD, Ronny pointed out, "When I wrote "Quintanaroo", I was striving for that same imagery... sort of a 'song noir', if you will, and I love the Mexican flavor of the song. It's also a really intriguing story."

Another highlight of his show is "Hot Water Cornbread". " I got a big kick out of writing that song... and there are several stories I could tell about its origin... all of them but one would be a lie. I will say this, NPR did a show about hot water cornbread that I found very instructive. Plus, it's just one of those songs that's really fun for me and the guys to play."

While Ronny started out as a musician and has emphasized that side of his career for the past few years, he still is one of the most respected and sought-after character actors in Hollywood. Since his debut in John Boorman's film "Deliverance" including playing guitar in the famous "dueling banjos" scene, Ronny has appeared in over 50 films including "Beverly Hills Cop(I & 11)", "Bound for Glory", "Robo Cop", "Total Recall" and too many others to mention. He has starred in numerous TV movies and in the TV series of "Apple's Way", "St. Elsewhere", "The Agency" and of course as Senator Kinsey in "Stargate SG1". And on April 9 of this year he was seen opposite Carol Burnett on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” and another guest spot on “Commander In Chief” on May 2.

In the past few years Ronny has concentrated on his music. The results include his being named a finalist in the South Florida Singer/Songwriter competition, headlining such venues as the prestigious Old Town School of Folk in Chicago and hitting one of his favorites stops along the way, the annual Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas.

Whether it is in his acting or his music, Ronny is a storyteller, "and I have been most of my life... and I've never felt the truth should get in the way of a good story. Now, I know a lot people think you should just sing the song but that doesn't work for me. I have found through the years that people love to know something about the song, or the characters, or the circumstances... something! I also discovered that if I didn't know the story... I could just make one up. As a matter of fact, people generally get more caught up in the manufactured stories than the true ones. Anyway, about half the stories I tell are 'fudged' a little bit."

Ronny sums it up nicely. "I'm interested in weaving a tapestry of songs and stories with an over-all arc that eventually comes together and tells us something about 'the human condition'. I know that sounds kinda pompous... but that's what I'm trying to do..... and to have a few laughs along the way."

 

"So-o-o-o-o excellent. Resonant hearty singing. Swirling melody. Brilliantly evocative."
---Robert K. Oermann, Music Row

 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional sponsorship is provided by Yeomans & Edinger Chiropractic Center, Complementary Health Care Centers, LLC and Dr. Terry Barkalow, with accommodations provided by Heidel House and hospitality by Two Chez. Tickets for the show are only $20 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.  

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