Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Fine Time to Catch Up with US Net Star Ron

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Fine Time to Catch Up with US Net Star Ron

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WHILE the UK was busy discovering - via The Arctic Monkeys - that the internet was a tool wieldable by humble bands to make their mark without the need for record labels, America was busy finding this out via a guy called Ron Pope.

Georgia born, Pope picked up the guitar pretty early but music wasn't his ambition.

Like many American high school kids, he fancied a career for himself on the sports field and played for his college for two seasons until a severe injury cut short his dream.

Looking at Pope now, all pensive gaze and austere beard, it's hard to imagine that he was really destined for anything else but music.

New York convinced him of that, where he found his voice and style - one with a debt to Dylan and The Band, to Atlanta soul and Chicago blues - and built up a fanbase on the back of his live shows alone.

Then, in 2006, when Alex Turner and co were kicking off a new Britpop era with I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, Ron's piano ballad A Drop In The Ocean was melting hearts Stateside. …

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