Ron Lewerke — Kansas City,

Genre: Christian

Artist Profile

Name: Ron Lewerke
Location: Kansas City


Ron experienced Jimi Hendrix for the first time- he got his first electric guitar at 12.

At 19, he began a late-70's hard rock band called Gray James. The band was heavily influenced by the pyrotechnics and bombast of bands like KISS, Angel, and Judas Priest. The band played regularly from 1977-1981 before disbanding.

In 1982, he co- formed a band ARTIST. This band epitomized mid-80's pop metal, writing material in the vein of Van Halen, Y&T, and Bryan Adams. ARTIST enjoyed a very successful run, touring incessantly throughout Kansas, Iowa, MIssouri, and Minnesota. Ron collaborated on 4 album's worth of original material which was well received by the many fans of the band. After a great 5 year run, the band decided to leave the road and pursue a recording contract by writing new material.

Energized by almost 2 years' worth of time off, Ron moved to Kansas City to put together a new band with local Kansas City musicians. This band would have one goal in mind; to write material and showcase it to prospective record labels. The new band, called Big Richard, featured keyboards, a dual guitar attack, and catchy pop tunes. The new material caught the ear of producer Tom Werman (Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister). Big Richard flew to LA to showcase for the pop metal producer at the famed Whisky A GoGo on Sunset Blvd. Other notable events in the life of the band included showcases at SXSW in Austin Texas, NXSW in St. Louis, and opening the show for Foreigner at Sandstone Ampitheater in Kansas City; Big Richard wrote 2 albums's worth of material and shot 2 production music videos. Unfortunately, the rise of Nirvana spelled the demise for corporate, traditional rock bands such as Big Richard, and the band split up in 1993.

From 1994 through 1998, Ron was heavily involved in 2 recording-only projects; Pontalion, a new age/jazz fusion project with fellow Big Richard keyboardist Rick Pontalion, and a strange alternative/metal band called Junior's Army that was the brainchild of Ron's longtime producer Kirk Kaufman. The latter band actually got some nationwide airplay on the syndicated Doctor Demento radio show with the original tune 'Peter Piper'.

1998 through 2008 saw Ron take a long sabbatical from songwriting. However, he became very active playing in his church's Worship Band during this time.

AND NOW- Ron has decided to begin a new project unlike any he has ever known. Going primarily solo on acoustic guitar, Ron's new material intends to seek a new sense of introspection and purpose, exploring themes of faith, the human spirit, and the trials of life.

Background Information

Date Started Playing: 01/01/1969
Number of Members: 1
Gender of Members: Male

Band Members / Instruments:
Ron Lewerke: Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, vocals

Musical Influences:
Hnedrix, Boston, Mercy Me


Venues Played:
Sandstone Ampitheater
Memorial Hall
Day in the Park
The Whisky a GoGo

Most Frequent Venue: The Lone Star

Favorite Venue: Sandstone

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