Ron Wallis






What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is my sanity. it gives me peace, solice,understanding.

What is your music dream?

to be a part of something awesome. to leave a legacy... but right now I'd go for being able to quit my day job!

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Would I change it? that might be a better question. Yes, there's bad in the world, but without bad, how do we know what's good?

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Slew Foot. Not sure of the original artist, but my grandmother used to sing it to me all the time

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Too many to list. but Brent Mason is one of my all time favs. And having him drop tracks on a couple of my songs was a great high for me.

What inspires you to make music?

Waking up in the morning. It's hard to explain. I've played music all of my life. I quit school to be an artist. I've been in bar bands for 30 years now. I tried to quit once, it didn't work.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Family. old fashioned Values. Cowboy logic... I'm not a cowboy, but if I were, I'd be logical

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

It's a high I can't describe. the bigger the crowd the better for me. The energy is overwhelming, and has moved me to tears a time or two.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I'm new to the Indie field. Still trying to sort it all out. But I'm seasoned as a bar musician and I can tell you, it ain't what i used to be. Support is at an all-time low, and us guys in the trenches are being forced to go big or go home. I fear in my lifetime I'll see the end of the bar band. It's sad to me, really, because I always viewed cover bands as living breathing advertisements for the big boys, and I think it will hurt them too. Maybe it already has. I read that concert attendance is dropping as well.

What do you think of Drooble?

I've only been here a couple days. Don't really have an opinion yet. I like the Idea of social media for musicians, but I'm not real sure about pushing my music on other musicians who are pushing their music on me. we all need an audience, and a musician based social media is inherantly all musician and no audience. It's a great place to meet new friends and get insight on our art, but not really the best for gaining fans.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

the way things are changing. It's like we're stuck in a limbo right now. Not really sure which way to turn. What's going to be right for us as an artist.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes. I try to make it to other local bands shows as often as I can. I look for local songwriters to collaborate with. I talk about supporting the local scene on Facebook all the time... Isn't that how we fix everything now? I'm joking, but, I do everything I can to help breathe life back in to what I see as a loved one dying a painful death.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

I don't know, or else I would have a larger audience. I would hope talent would be at least somewhere on that list, but I see far too many really good artists working 40hr day jobs. So, what is it? a blind eye and a deaf ear to nay sayers? an unbridled willingness to keep knocking on doors after years of indifference?

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Eric May, Mike Otto, Daron Novotny, Jeff Perotto, Lyle Evans, These are all local guys here. I think Idaho really does have some fabulous talent that nobody sees. I also think Idaho is a very hard scene. I've been to concerts here. nobody seems to appreciate even top names near as well as other states. And for an artist to try to get a start here is near impossible.