Vince’s Notes: The unique music of Ron E. Rawhoof

Rockford singer/songwriter Ron E. Rawhoof (Photo by Greg Farnham)

By Vince Chiarelli

When I first started getting really involved in the Rockford music scene, I was a freshman in college. I decided to go to an Open Mic Night at the Rockford College Lion’s Den, and from there on, I met a great musician and friend. One of the hosts was Ron E. Rawhoof, and from the first time I heard him, his authentic sound blew me away.

Ron was raised in Rockford and has been a familiar singer/songwriter ever since. Ron’s music is very unique, just like Ron himself, having both Japanese and Native American ethnicity. That mix is just as authentic as Ron’s musical sound, which blends traditional folk with elements of Americana and blues.

When I am listening to an artist, the thing I look for is something that sets them apart from the rest of the large pool of musicians out there. Ever since the first time I heard Ron, while his whole persona and style on stage is unique, the one element of his performance that sets him apart from the rest is his voice. Ron has a voice that is hard to describe. The only thing I can say is that it pulls you into the song.

The other impressive thing about Ron is his impeccable guitar playing. When I hear Ron play his guitar, it makes me want to quit playing guitar; he’s that good. Ron can get up on a stage and just start playing his guitar, and the whole audience will be intrigued. Then, once he starts singing, his voice makes people not want to leave.

Ron has recently recorded and released his debut studio album, Too Much To Lose. The album is named after his song “Too Much To Lose,” which recently spent six months as No. 1 on the Living With War Songs chart at Neil Young’s website. This album is full of great songs. They are songs that I have been hearing Ron play for a few years, and I’m so glad he released this album so now the whole world can enjoy his great music.

My personal favorite song on the album is “Auf Wiedersehen,” as it truly shows Ron’s unique style and amazing lyrical ability. Another song of note is “Magda Holds Her Guitar,” which is loosely written about a character Magda from the book, For Love Of Norway, written by celebrated author Pal Epsolin Johnson. Pal has recently listened to the song and requested a copy of the CD to be sent to him in Norway. He states, “the song is so poetic and beautiful … I will do what I can to make the story about the song — and the song — known in North Norway where Magda lived.”

I truly recommend purchasing Ron’s album. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and CDBaby. For direct links to purchase his album, visit his website, Also there you can find more info about Ron, upcoming show dates and more! Please support Ron E. Rawhoof and all our local musicians and artists!

Please contact Vince Chiarelli if you have any original Rockford music or radio suggestions. He can be reached at

From the April 24-30, 2013, issue

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