Comfy Couch Concerts presents Ronny Cox
Actor/Musician Ronny Cox asks, "Have you ever wondered how a story of 'questionable veracity' gets started?" Then, as storytellers will do, he gives the answer. "Some small grains of truth gets twisted and turned, and then told and retold. Eventually it grows into a boulder of 'undeniable truth' that you would bet your house on." So begins "Songs, Stories and Out & Out Lies," an evening with Ronny Cox and band, featuring - well, songs, stories and more than a few out and out lies.
Ronny Cox started out as a musician, but is also one of the most respected and sought after character actors in Hollywood. Since his debut in the classic movie "Deliverance," including playing guitar in the famous Dueling Banjos scene, Ronny has appeared in over 50 films, including "Beverly Hills Cop," "Bound for Glory," "Robocop" and "Total Recall," as well as numerous TV series.
With "Song, Stories and Out & Out Lies," he returns to his music and storytelling roots. Ronny performs and writes ballads of the purest sort, at once touchingly nostalgic and mischievously humorous. But it is not just his music that is enthralling audiences. Ronny is also a notable storyteller. "I've never felt the truth should get in the way of a good story," he confesses, with a twinkle in his eye. "I have found that people love to know something about the song, or the characters, or the circumstances. I have also discovered that, if I don't know the story, I can just make one up. Quite frankly, people generally get more caught up in the manufactured stories than the true ones.
What compels an established actor to embrace his music making and storytelling roots? Ronny Cox sums it up nicely. "I'm interested in weaving a tapestry of songs and stories with an overall arc that eventually comes together and tells us something about the human condition - and to have a few laughs along the way.
His latest album is "Ronny Cox: Songswith Repercussions". The music is eclectic, funny, touching - and always compelling. They showcase an original, sophisticated lyric-driven folky sound...and the stories that accompany these songs in "Song, Stories and Out & Out Lies" are something else entirely; Be prepared to take a unique and emotional journey with this fun-filled and thought-provoking show. Just don't bet your house on it.
"In Hollywood, they say it takes smart actors to play stupid characters, and nice guys to play nasty villains. Cox is the poster-boy for the latter point. He played slithery corporate snakes in "RoboCop" and "Total Recall" but as a singer-songwriter, he is a study in easygoing amiability and unforced charisma. He charms crowds with self-teasing humor, tart progressive insight, and a lulling Southwestern folk sound. His repertoire is a smart mix of witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve romances, and real-life anthems ('It's a cry in the night/ It's a whispered prayer/ That gets you from here to there')." Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe
" He's the greatest. A superb performer on stage, he knows how to win an audience... a true entertainer ... also very nice off-stage, dedicated and dependable." Rich Warren, WFMT, Chicago
Any review of Ronny's work would be amiss without mentioning his role in
"Deliverance," where he played guitar on "Dueling Banjoes" with the kid on
the porch. (He has a good story about that song too.) That movie
launched his career as an actor and over the years he appeared in many
movies and countless television projects. If you go to Ronny's concerts you will learn a little more about his life as an actor and about his family. You will hear about his late wife, Mary, who was the love of his life, and also hear humorous stories about his grandchildren. Ronny is an ace storyteller, through music and the oral tradition. I imagine it's his training as an actor that enables him
to relate to an audience in a way I've never quite seen before in the
world of acoustic music. It's too cool that you get to meet this guy, face to face, and talk to him at his concerts. Sometimes he stands by the door of the venue like a Walmart greeter (in a good way) and says hello to people as they enter. You'll even find him walking among the guests, sitting down in an empty
seat and chatting with folks. It's impressive. He is, beyond a doubt, a
people-person with many loyal fans. I am happy to be included among them.
- Vicki Ingle, Plank Road Folk Music Society
Comfy Couch Concerts/ Newport Furnishings
52504 Grand River Ave.
Wixom, MI 48393
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