“His voice can be deeply resonant and rich or forceful, growl and drive with a hot southern rock edge.”
— Blues Matters Magazine (June/July 2020 Issue #114)
“2020 was a bad year for live music due to the Covid virus. I started off with a bang by releasing my debut CD "Testify" in Feb. but the virus slowed down shows for everyone across the country. We were lucky and still played a lot of shows in outdoor venues. In Sept. I cancelled shows for the rest of the year due to my wife being diagnosed with cancer. Her death in December made me realize the most important things in life, more than I ever knew. Music lets me feel a vast assortment of emotions from smiling and laughing to tears of grieve and pain. My desire is that you somehow feel different emotions in each show we play. May you dance in joy and erase your troubles for a few hours and find peace in the comfort of a slow song or memory of an old favorite. I look forward to what the New Year can bring.” - Ron Addison
From the long arm of the law to the outstretched arms of the blues and rock, Ron Addison has come around full circle and released his debut CD, Testify. Ron personifies rhythm and blues with his soulful and rocking lead singing. After a career in the military as a helicopter pilot and a second career as a Virginia State Trooper, Addison returned to his first love, music. Growing up on country music, as a teenager he also started loving the blues and rock and roll. Ron played and sang while in the military and then, when he was in the State Police, had a trio with his brothers. The music became full time after he retired and is truly a labor of love. His music is tight and loose in all the right places, and shows a precision and maturity some artists take a lifetime of recording to achieve. His debut album Testify isn't just a powerful debut, it's a testimonial to perseverance.
The TomCats are a band that will remind you why you love music or introduce you to a whole new heartfelt world in music. This Southwest Virginia based band plays the blues, with some southern rock to make your feet dance and your heart ready to burst with emotions. Herb Olshin plays the lead guitar, Chad Brooks is on drums, and Will Dowell plays the bass. Special guests often appear in the shows while many influences set the groundwork from a blend of professional musical abilities and personalities.