Rob's Bio

Amid this current age of computer generated beats, tracks drenched in auto-tune and an influx of disingenuous subject matter, Rob Ronner is a light in the dark.  His music is a fresh, surprising mix of country and rock, with a taste of funk and Motown added to sweeten the pie.  Ronner has a tremendous range of musical influences, a fact easily discerned from a listen to his latest release, “Passing Storm”.  He grew up in Wilmington, NC and showed a talent for music at an early age.  A multi-instrumentalist, his catalogue of instruments consisting of but not limited to organ, piano, banjo and mandolin.  His studio mainstays however are of course bass, electric and acoustic guitars.  Rob plays the majority of the instruments on his albums, but generally leaves drumming duties to someone who is in his words, “more qualified”.  He has lived music his entire life, playing in a range of different groups and doing a multi-year stint as a travelling solo artist, but has always made writing, recording and pursuing his own music his primary focus.  His days as a jazz guitarist can be heard on tracks like “October”, his country upbringing on tracks like “Carolina Night” while his early fascination with Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and Stevie Wonder can be heard on just about everything, particularly in his fearless approach to the microphone.  Rob graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a B.A. in Spanish, and having no Spanish roots and learning the language strictly out of interest, has composed and won songwriting awards for songs written in Spanish such as “Mágico Amor”.  Rob paints vivid pictures with his lyrics, creates memorable textures with his instrumentation and brings attitude in spades with his considerable guitar skills.  His albums are a journey into the human experience.  Heartbreak, hope, loss, anger, love and redemption are all themes he brings to bear with his microphone and his pen.  Rock and roll is most certainly alive here, but Rob’s music seems to transcend genres, and crosses over to other forms with ease, refusing to be pinned down.  We invite you to join us in the revival of rock and roll, live music, and love.  Take the ride but first, take a listen…