Ronnie Brandt: American Troubador
Miles behind me ... Miles to Go
Ronnie Brandt spent his formative years among the sights, sounds, and bustle of Asbury Park, New Jersey, where his father owned a gift shop near the famous Asbury Park Boardwalk. Live music was a staple of that scene, and Ronnie soaked it all up like a sponge. "It was an incredible influence on me," he recalls. Gravitating toward folk, country, rock, and blues styles, Ronnie learned to play guitar and soon developed his own distinctive sound, influenced by great American song stylists such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Bob Dylan.
It was only natural, then, that Ronnie would set out to blaze his own path though the musical landscape of America. By the time he had graduated high school, Ronnie was a well-established performer at festivals, clubs, and music venues along the east coast. After joining Texas-based band, Freewheelin', Ronnie's music career would progress through a series of critically acclaimed albums, across a million miles of American highway, and ultimately, into the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere he performed.
The tapestry of American music, especially America's indigenous styles of music, is so tightly interwoven with that of American history that gaining an appreciation for one is almost synonymous with gaining an appreciation for the other. Ronnie recognized this duality early on in his career, which planted the creative seed that would eventually germinate into Childrens Educational Assemblies.¬ visit¬ - www.educationsong.org
For that young man who marveled at the rich musical offerings of Asbury Park all those years ago, those early influences resulted in the shaping of an accomplished musician, a lively and engaging performer, a successful recording artist, and an avid historian of all things Americana. But perhaps the most striking trait those influences left with Ronnie Brandt was the passion and the drive to "pay it forward" to educate, to entertain, and to inspire his own young audiences... along the next million miles of his journey.