Ron Levy was born in Cambridge and grew up in Brookline, MA. After gaining experience playing in Boston nightclubs, Levy was hired by Albert King in 1968. After an eighteen-month association, Levy joined B. B. King’s backing band. Throughout the years, Levy has performed and recorded with a wide range of blues, funk, and jazz musical groups, notably including Roomful of Blues (1983 – 1987) and Ron Levy’s Wild Kingdom (1988 – ). After learning and refining his studio chops with Hammond Scott’s Blacktop Records in New Orleans, Levy became the in-house record producer and co-founder, A&R for Rounder Records’ Bullseye Blues record label, where he was nominated nine times for a Grammy Award as producer. He then recorded and produced 16 albums for his own label Cannonball Records from 1997 to 2000. He has since released numerous albums on his own imprint Levtron.com Records. Levy wrote in 2013 the book, ‘Tales of A Road Dog – The Lowdown Along the Blues Highway.’ Today, he teaches, records, produces and performs with his soul-jazz-blues Hammond organ based group, Ron Levy’s Wild Kingdom Trio.
(by AJ Wachtel)
Published on June 30, 2021