Born and raised in the Welsh mining villages around Aberaeron, Ron Jones went with his father to the pictures as a boy. His father's love of westerns and Country music combined in the films of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers and the other singing cowboys. Tex Ritter, Eddy Arnold, Bill Boyd and Tennessee Ernie Ford all left an indelible mark on Ron’s music tastes.
His father bought him his first guitar when he became a teenager and he learned to play Country songs in the Engine Shed (his bedroom with a model railway in it).
His first band was a skiffle group, formed in 1956. His guitar hero was Jack Pruitt (Marty Robbins’ guitar man) and so he learnt to replicate all his runs and riffs.
Marty Robbins shaped his musical career and he saw and met him many times.
Ron, by this time, was playing all over the Valleys and across Wales and The Borders and in clubs and theatres in England.
He was also co-running a club in Aberaeron with the famed Blondie (the club still meets monthly).
While on a visit to the Royal Albert Hall with now Hall of Fame member, LLoyd Coles to interview Willie Nelson for Swansea Sound Radio, Willie invited him to open the show for him, backed by Willie’s band.
His other strong memory of this was the fact the band only drank Coca Cola backstage, on Willie’s instruction.
He was later to meet and open for Merle Haggard at another festival.
Ron Jones, musician, promoter and compere is still performing. He says, fondly, ‘I am unable sometimes to remember where I put my shoes but on stage I can remember every word of Marty Robbins’ and Slim Whitman's songs’.
You can hear Ron Jones performing Tougher Than Leather at https://www.you tube .com/watch?v=2nygAhMj_dw.
Ron Jones will be number 41 on the list of British Country Music Hall of Fame inductees.