RON PRINCE, known best for his eleven year affiliation with the Kinsey Report, was ten years old when Willie Dixon opened his studio four blocks from Ron's house on 76th and Racine streets deep in Chicago's Southside. It would be...
RON PRINCE AND HARD TIME
RON PRINCE, known best for his eleven year affiliation with the Kinsey Report, was ten years old when Willie Dixon opened his studio four blocks from Ron's house on 76th and Racine streets deep in Chicago's Southside. It would be four years before Ron would start hanging out there. At twelve, Ron's Dad bought him his first guitar. At fourteen the budding young guitarist helped form The Brighter Side of Darkness. A group of kids from eight to sixteen years old. They quickly caught the eye of the legendary Chess brothers. A family decision to move to Decatur, IL forced Ron to leave Chicago and the band, but a musical force had been unleashed in him and on the world. Ron played with local bands down in Decatur while finishing high school. In 1976 he moved back to Chicago where he enrolled in the greatest blues school in the world: Theresa's Lounge on Chicago's Southside. He was amongst many pupil's of the legendary guitarist Sammy Lawhorn; John Primer and Jon Watkins to name a couple of his upper-classmen. The twenty-year-old Ron immediately started gigging with Johnny Dollar and the Scandalous Band, Bobby Rush and Syl Johnson. At the same time he was gigging with a group of guy's his won age in a band call Mona Lisa. They had the opportunity to open shows for some greats like the legendary Howlin' Wolf. Deeply rooted in the blues these young players began emulating the more avant-garde rock musicians and found themselves at the forefront of the black Rock/Blues movement. In 1978 Ron teamed up with Donald Kinsey who had just finished a two-album stint with Reggae king Bob Marley. Kinsey, Ron, Joe Thomas, (Ron's present day Bassist) and Ralph Kinsey on drums recorded an LP as The Chosen Ones. This record was recorded at Pop Staples studio on 103rd and Michigan in Chicago. The band relocated to California for three years. It was during this time that Ron did a stint with Bobby Ingram.
After three years Ron moved back to Chicago where Donald Kinsey had already formed The Kinsey Report with his father and brothers. After two years of gigging around Ron was hired by the Kinsey's and he remained with them for over eleven years. Ron recorded Four albums with the group; two on Alligator Records, one on Point Blank and one on Blind Pig Records. Before forming his own group, Ron Prince and Hard Time, Ron left the Kinsey’s and held down the guitar seat in the legendary James Cotton Band for two years.
A rhythm orchestra unto himself and a lead guitarist who stands along side or above the best, in an era over loaded with guitar heroes, Ron Prince, the veteran musician, is now taking center stage. Combining the deep blues of Chicago's post-war era and the more modern sounds that were born from this era, Ron Prince and Hard Time embody over three generations of THE BLUES. Email:email@example.com
by Ron Prince & Hard Time “Paroled” Mosley MSLY0001 On his first solo effort since leaving the Kinsey Report, Ron Prince and Hard Time step up and deliver a knockout punch! This is a great debut...
by RON PRINCE AND HARD TIME Paroled Chicago’s Ron Prince, former guitarist with James Cotton and The Kinsey Report, has launched his solo career. This self-produced disc is his solo recording debut....
by Ron Prince & Hard Time
On his first solo effort since leaving the Kinsey Report, Ron Prince and Hard Time step up and deliver a knockout punch! This is a great debut that is worthy of you attention. With 10 originals and a sizzling cover of It’s My Own Fault Darlin’, Ron digs into some great blues. Dedicated To The Blues is not just a song title, it is a person creed. Ron lets you know exactly where he’s coming from as he walks through a brief history of the blues and then proclaims that his job is “tryin’ to keep this music alive”. Where Does A True Love Go and the instrumental Thinking Of You are unabashed fronts for incredible extended guitar solos. Some may call it excessive and showy, but I wanted more. It isn’t a chord-crunching fest, but an exercise in intensity and emotion.
Ron pays homage to the roots of the blues as he is joined on Finally Found by Sugar Blue (harp), Dave Myers and Vince Agwada (guitar) for a rollicking front porch exercise in delta blues. Hard Time consists of Brian Jones (drums), Joe Thomas (bass) and Roosevelt Purifoy (keyboards). Theses guys let Ron shine, at times they seem almost invisible. Rest assured though, when called upon they do deliver. Somebody Lied and Highway Blues show off their collective prowess. Purifoy’s keyboard stylings are evident throughout, but are particularly tasteful as he and Ron jockey back and forth on Crazy.
Ron Prince and Hard Time is hardly a household name, but that should change as awareness of this CD is increased. Check it out once and you too will have a hard time taking it out of your CD player.
Twelve Bar Rag
by RON PRINCE
AND HARD TIME
Chicago’s Ron Prince, former guitarist with James Cotton and The Kinsey Report, has launched his solo career. This self-produced disc is his solo recording debut. Prince shows us how to shake it up on guitar and lead vocals. Age-old friend Joe Thomas is here on bass, while Brian Jones completes the rhythm section on drums. “The Mad Hatter” Roosevelt Purifory takes down the organ and piano lines to round it out. Special guest Sugar Blue on harp and guitarist Dave Myers stop in to help out on one track.
The opener “One Reason”, sets the disc’s tempo and introduces you to the seemingly natural bent voice of Ron Prince. “Ride The Devil”, an obvious roadhouse tune, is rockin’ blues with an incendiary guitar finish. “Aching Heart” is so bluesy; it may bring tears to your eyes. The cryin’ guitar lines make it what it is! “Crazy” is not Willie Nelson’s version. The tune is, however, hare-rooted lyrics with blistering axe riffs and a tortured vocal track.
Winter-esque guitar is buffered by riveting drum work and more fervent vocals on “It’s My Own Fault Baby”. “Somebody Lied” picks up a funk-steam guitar following the soulful bass beat. The ballad “Where Does A True Love Go?” opens slowly, with a fall away-guitar tone and a great vocal touch. It’s a tender tune with crisp coordination that gives it a pure and sincere feel.
Three beautifully arranged tunes finish out the CD: “Dedicated To The Blues”, “I Finally Found You” and “Thinking Of You”. The former is a slow, grinding composition that oozes into sublimity. “I Finally Found You” is the only acoustic number on the disc, and interestingly is the one that Sugar Blue blows such a mean harp on. Dave Myers’ guitar is a great accompaniment to Prince’s. The last, an instrumental, is beautifully placed after the acoustic tune. Its soft, astral sound stems from a brilliant composition. Its inherent tenderness also shows off a handsome harmonic balance between guitar and piano phrasings.
A great set of recordings…it’s conceivable that a major label will snatch this up…it deserves airplay and recognition. If you can’t find it…ask somebody; or write, or call!-
Mark A. Cole
Big City Blues
by Mark Cole, Big City Blues
A great set of recordings...it's conceivable that a major label will snatch this up..."
Larry Lisk, Twelve Bar Rag
RON PRINCE & HARD TIME is hardly a household name, but that should change as awareness of this CD is increased."
Bob Cianci, The Music Scene
If his live shows are anywhere near his recorded output, he must regularly tear the roof off everywhere he plays. Keep an eye on this guy."
Rock edged blues.