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The Valley Breeze & Observer 03-28-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION | MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 3 GLOCESTER – I must admit, when I got the press release saying that Ronny Cox was going to be perform- ing in the Route 44 Music Series in northern Rhode Island on Thursday, April 11, I was intrigued. I know him as an actor, from movies like "Beverly Hills Cop," "Total Recall" and "Murder at 1600." But a musi- cian? "It's a double-edged sword," said Cox when I caught up with him for our phone interview, "actors who play music. It's a thing you have to live down. And trust me, an actor with a guitar around his neck does not equal a singer- songwriter." In fact, it was his abil- ity to play music that got him his first movie role, in "Deliverance." "I can pick and sing. I'm an actor from New Mexico who also plays music." He knows that some people have a hard time processing that. "I play men of authority. A police lieutenant, the president of the United States. Seeing me with a guitar in my hands is some sort of anomaly." Now that he's 80, he's still acting, but he prefers to pick and sing. "I'm not rich, but I get to pick and choose my projects. I turn down 80 per- cent of my acting offers to go play music." Cox calls himself a storytell- er. "In many ways, my show is kind of a two-act play with music." For him, the story is the thing. "For every song I have a story, or I'll make one up." He's comfortable in that for- mat. He says he's seen "plenty of singers who should be banned from talking" between songs. Cox wants his audience to feel "as much as possible like they're sitting around the living room, sharing stories. In acting, there's got to be a fourth wall. But with my show, there's the possibility of profound one-on-one sharing. It's an opiate that's undeni- able." He says his show starts as soon as the venue lets people in. "The conversations begin even before my performance even starts." He has a set list, but making it is "the hardest part of the day. Because I'll look out into the audience and say, 'Oh hell, I want to do this song next.'" Cox likes to leave the lights up a bit on his audience, so he can see them. "I don't hide behind a wall of lights. I get to be able to read the audience. We're symbiotically con- nected." For lack of a better descrip- tion, Cox calls his music folksy. "Nearly all the music is original. There's no genre I won't try, I'm sort of fearless that way." He's got a lot of interesting stories about growing up in New Mexico. "In the late '50s, early '60s, I lived in Clovis, which was a recording mecca. I was actually at the session when Buddy Holly recorded 'Peggy Sue.'" In 1947, he lived in Roswell when the infamous UFO "crash" happened. "My dad was working at the Air Force base then." He also lived in Truth or Consequences when the town changed its name from Hot Springs. But here's the best story. He was born in Cloudcroft, a small town of about 200 people at the time. That's also the home of the real bear cub singed in a forest fire who later became known as Smokey Bear and became the symbol of the United States Forest Service. Surely you know the "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires" ad cam- paign. "So, I'm born in a town of 200, and I'm the second-most famous celebrity from there, behind a bear cub." Ronny Cox brings his musical storytelling to the Route 44 Music Series at the Harmony Lodge in Harmony on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.brownpap- ertickets.com or at the door. Actor/singer Ronny Cox to perform in Glocester By FRANK O'DONNELL Valley Breeze Entertainment Writer Jane Rothfield and Allan Carr and The Vox Hunters take the stage at BRT CUMBERLAND – Blackstone River Theatre will present Jane Rothfield and Allan Carr and The Vox Hunters on Saturday, March 30, at 8 p.m., at Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St. Award-winning fiddler Jane Rothfield and hus- band Scottish singer and guitarist Allan Carr have been playing their unique blend of traditional and original Appalachian and Celtic music for over 30 years. Carr, from Aberdeen, Scotland, grew up surround- ed by the rich traditional music of the Northeast of Scotland. His Celtic/old time guitar style comple- ments his traditional songs and all styles of fiddle tunes. Rothfield is a fiddler, clawhammer banjo player and tune composer with deep roots in the fiddle traditions of New England, Scotland and the American south and has numerous recordings to her credit. In their 30-plus years of making music together, Rothfield and Carr have performed throughout the British Isles and the U.S. They play roots music that is directly from the source while expanding on that tra- dition with newly composed songs and tunes. The Vox Hunters, Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi, will present their repertoire of driving dance tunes blended with an unorthodox collec- tion of interesting songs, many specifically about Rhode Island history. They are touted as strong tradition-bearers in their generation, and their genu- ine affinity for the music is evident in the emotion they draw from it. Admission is $16 in advance, and $18 on the day of show. For reserva- tions, call Blackstone River Theatre at 401-725-9272. Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, will present JANE ROTHFIELD and ALLAN CARR and THE VOX HUNTERS on Saturday, March 30, at 8 p.m. For reservations, call 401-725-9272. Route 44 Music Series presents RONNY COX at The Harmony Lodge, 102 Putnam Pike, Glocester. Tickets are $20 in advance at https://tinyurl.com/y27wgynw or $25 at the door (cash only). Singer-songwriter and Smithfield resident Lainey Dionne will be playing a short set as part of the evening.

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