Friday, October 21, 2005

Ronnie Lane

I was going through some old gear boxes and found some demo stuff that Ronnie Lane had played on. These were done back in the 80s in Austin Texas. What a glorious time in my life. Jamming with him. He was in and out of his health issues, but a great time in my life. Ronnie eventually wound up in Colorado. It was there that he passed on due to his illness. Man I have been so blessed to have known him. The last time I saw him was in a big food store in Austin. I had moved away and was back for a visit. He was in a wheelchair and he cried when he saw me. This is Ronnie with a Texas Boy named Joe Ely.


At 8:54 AM, Blogger PTfan said...

Until the last sentence I thought that was you with Ronnie. IT isn't, is it? I looked and your last name is different but maybe it'sa stage name? Help me out here.

I don't know much about Ronnie except that he was a wonderful person and that everyone who knew him misses him greatly. The only music I knwo from him is from Rough Mix.

I'd love to hear any more Ronnie and you stories.

At 9:18 AM, Blogger JoeBoy said...

I knew of Ronnie only by his body of work that he had done. That is until I met him. I was a musician in Austin, half starved and still pushing forward with my art. A bass player friend stopped by one day with Ronnie. He knew I was familiar with Ronnie's work with PT. I was just stunned that one minute I was sitting around bored and the next I was sitting talking to Ronnie. Just out of the blue! We wound up playing a few things together a few days later. Had a blast. Then Ronnie wasn't feeling well for a while. Then I would see him and he was OK. His illness was like night and day. This was a huge time in the Austin Music Scene. I think the scene got so huge that it turned into a parody of itself. Ronnie played with a ton of talent in his time in Austin. I was just one of many that was fortunate enough to have known him on that level. He had a on going band for a while called Slim Chance. The demos he played on with me were his way of saying thanks. I did not hang out with Ronnie other than when music was involved. We only discussed PT once or twice. I believe he was the one who called Pete "Towser" but I really don't recall for sure.
Thanks for your note PTFAN, and P.S.
I am not Joe Ely. he is a talented man in his own vein of music.
I am currently trying to find who handles Ronnie's Estate. I hope someone would want the demos for his archives.

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

I really like Ronnie Lane's music.


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