It’s summertime in Austin, and that means it’s time for some folk on this episode of the Austinot Music Podcast. That’s right. To me, Summer means folk music, road trips and bare feet. Those images personify an American summer in my mind.
Similarly, folk music personifies a few things as well. First, it personifies the stripped-down appeal of the Summer and a very American way of approaching problems. Historically speaking, folk music has provided a way for the everyman to comment on his society, religion or historical period. It’s a vital part of the American identity.
That’s why I am happy to feature a folk artist out of Round Rock, named Ron Kewin. Both his musicality and lyricism are deeply in the vein of American folk music. It’s just him and his guitar, simple words and straightforward opinions – just how I like folk music.
Ron Kewin moved to the Austin area five years ago. He spent much time ruminating about the various troubles that face today’s society. Perhaps it was Austin’s love affair with live music, but something put a flame beneath Ron and he began writing down his thoughts like a mad man. As of now, he has written over seventy songs and has played dozens upon dozens of live shows.
Ron’s music covers many different topics, most of which fall into the traditional genre of folk. He certainly has many things to say about politics and the state of our society. He also sings about religion as well. It’s not all heavy stuff, though. Ron Kewin’s voluminous work also covers simple things like animals, food and the great state of Texas.
Check out his ReverbNation page for some more music. If you like, send him an email and ask where you can purchase some of his music. Then simply kick off your shoes and hit the road for another long and hot Summer!
What do you think of Ron’s music?
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Photo and music are property of Ron Kewin.