On top of the world in music
"Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life."
- Jean Paul Richter
"When I get down and blue, I start playing and singing and it brings me right up. It's higher then any drug you can take," said Ronnie Riggs of Chino Valley.
Ronnie learned to play the guitar at the age of 11, from his father, who was also a musician with his own band called "Al & the Buckaroos."
"I used to play in the band with my father at square dances, and I taught myself how to yodel by listening to the country singers on the radio like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. They were my heroes," Ronnie recalled.
Well, Ronnie turned out to be a great guitar player and a talented singer and yodeler and has made his living with his talent his whole life playing in bands all around Arizona. He sings songs by many of the famous Country music artists, such as Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Eddie Arnold and Hank Snow.
"My sister used to tell me, 'You're going to be a Western singer', and I would say, 'Yes, I am,'" Ronnie smiled.
"I've been trying all my life to get into the big time, but I haven't made it yet."
Chino Valley resident, Carole Skeels, Ronnie's friend and fellow musician, says, "Ronnie knows more lyrics to country music songs than anyone I've ever met. He's awesome and really one of a kind."
Ronnie does three different kinds of yodeling and plays a guitar called the Hawaiian Dobro.
Ronnie is available to play for special occasions and parties. People can reach him at 420-0209.
Music seems to be the love of Ronnie's life.
"When I'm singing and playing and people like it, I feel like I'm on top of the world!"