Ronnie Penque - Only Road Home CD
Ronnie is best known as the bass player and
vocalist of the world famous New Riders of the Purple
Sage. When not working with NRPS Ronnie spends time
with his solo project RONNIE PENQUE BAND which
includes his brother Chris Penque on guitar, Andy Trister on lead guitar, Jeff Pearlman on keys and vocals, and Katie Pearlman on drums and vocals.
Ronnie started his music career as the original
bass player in the popular New Jersey
Grateful Dead cover band, Ripple.
Ripple was formed in 1978. During the Ripple years Penque would also moonlight with other bands like Wig Jam and Splintered Sunlight. After Ripple retired in 2003, Ronnie was asked by keyboardist Melvin Seals of The Jerry Garcia Band to join his band, "Melvin Seals and JGB". Ronnie toured with Melvin and JGB for 3 years as lead singer and bassist. Penque !
then joined up with Buddy Cage and Johnny Markowski
in Stir Fried which led to the reforming of
The New Riders of the Purple Sage in 2005. Ronnie
and the New Riders play over 100 shows per year
throughout the United States and Canada.
If the name Penque is familiar, Ron's uncle the
late Romeo Penque was one of the most famous woodwind and flute players in the music industry who was best known for his work with Miles Davis. At age 12 Ronnie was taught to play bass by his father Ron Penque Sr., an accomplished session bass player for 20 years, who gave Ronnie his 57 Precision bass (Dads Bass) upon his retirement. Some of Ronnie's musical influences are The Grateful Dead�s Phil Lesh, NRPS bass player Dave Torbert, Donald Duck Dunn, John Entwistle, Paul McCartney and Jack Casady, among others.
Through the years Ron has also played with many other bands and great musicians including Bobby Weir, Mickey Hart, Vassar Clements, Peter Rowan, Melvin Seals, Robert Hunter, !
Wig Jam, Splintered Sunlight, Jeff Austin, Neon Gods,
Stir Fried, John
Popper, Jeff Mattson, John Dawson, Tony Trischka,
Pete Sears, Buddy Cage, David Nelson, Barry Sless,
Keller Wiliams, Donna Jean Godchaux, Jeff Pevar,
Tom Constanten, Michael Falzarano, Johnny Markowski,
Mark Karen, Jack Casady, GE Smith, Mookie Siegel,
Perkins and Tex Logan.