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The Best of Ron Dilg "Ensambles" CD
- I admit to being biased in favor of Ron Dilg and his music ..
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The Best of Ron Dilg "Ensambles" CD $15.00
by Jan Sturdevant Date Added: Wednesday 22 June, 2011
- I admit to being biased in favor of Ron Dilg and his music. I worked with Ron for 15 years or so at Long Island Newsday (I edited copy and wrote headlines, he was a marvelously talented artist and illustrator), jammed with him and played occasionally with Ron in his band (sometimes the Skyline Diner Boys, sometime the Smoketown Diner Boys) or my band at the time (the Uptown Radio Cowboys). He was a terrific person, musician (lead singer, mandolin, guitar, accordion) and artist (film maker, book illustrator, painter and sketch artist).
- Ron was a rover. He spent a year in Iran creating artwork commissioned by the late Shah, another year crewing on a sailboat in the Caribbean. Raised on Long Island, he loved nothing more than taking unscheduled bluegrass jaunts through the Carolinas, Kentucky, Arizona, Wyoming or his beloved Montana, accompanied by his current bandmates and later, as well, by his son Casey, picking up gigs along the way. It was in his guise of vagabond artist/musician that he crossed paths with the likes of actor Peter Fonda, the late author Richard Brautigan and folksinger Ramblin` Jack Elliott, sometimes forming enduring friendships.
- This CD, mostly a compilation of live performance recordings on Long Island and St. Croix and in Montana, is Ron`s musical legacy. It shows Ron`s range, including folksong, jug band tunes, blues and western swing as well as bluegrass. Many of the cuts feature his longtime friend and bandmate Dobro Dick Dilloff, a true wild man on Dobro, Hawaiian steel guitar and clawhammer (frailing) banjo.
- I once saw Ron and one of his lesser bands open for Bill Monroe, but he never sought recognition from the national bluegrass establishment. I would rank him with the better bluegrass players, especially as a mandolinist and singer. I never heard him play a bad note or sing one. As a front man, he was relaxed, low-key and good-humored. If you went to your local tavern to catch Ron Dilg and his band, you had a good time.
- I bought this disc a few months ago, when I first discovered it was on the market. Last week, I bought another copy, as a belated wedding gift for my old friend (and bluegrass conscience) Bob Skellan in upstate New York. He was also Ron`s friend and thoroughly approved of his music.

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