Ron Pope hit the first avenue stage last night in support of his latest release Work. Having been burned by a recording label, Ron took control as an independent artist and has not looked back. His latest effort was recorded in a Nashville studio in just 7 days, leaving it as spontaneous as it is edgy.
This past July Rolling Stone ranked Ron in its 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know list, and for good reason. Ron and his band seem determined to bring their style of country to the masses; having released a documentary film and some very strong albums. As for labels, would say the new material is less country and more Americana in the class of newer Avett Brothers recordings.
Portland’s Ages and Ages opened the night, bringing their almost pop rock show to the stage which seemed to annoy the fans rather than get them warmed up. They seemed on a mission to prove that they are the whitest band in America… I finally know what the flavor Vanilla sounds like.
Ron opened the night acoustically, alone on stage highlighting his guitar capability and his voice which was strong as it was soothing. Finishing up before being joined by his band for a tight set which included all of his fans’ favorites.
Two shows left in the states before his Dancing Days world tour hits Europe for the next few weeks. Be sure to catch Ron when he returns as he will not be playing clubs for long! This guy is on his way!