If you are one who likes to go to different bars in Texas on a regular basis, every now and then you will come across a band or a singer you particularly like. That happened to me one night in October when my friend Chris Hensley and I paid a visit to the Buckhorn Bar & Grill in Leakey. I was there to check out the place and see how good a biker bar it was. Round about three o’clock that afternoon we were sitting at our table when this tall, thin, pretty blonde country girl came walking into the joint.
She was wearing her blue-jeans, T-shirt, and had everything topped off with cool sunglasses on her head. There was something about her I liked right away; she had that cool stride about her. After we were introduced, she sat down at our table and gave us a chance to get to know a little more about her. I found out she is from Nocona, a small town east of Wichita Falls. Ronda Ray is 100% pure Texas cowgirl. She grew up riding barrels, working as a ranch hand, and learning music.
Later that evening, Chris and I discovered that Ronda has a sweet and mellow voice; sweet as a mother singing to her baby. Being the opening act for the headliners, Rough River Band, Ronda started out singing several old favorites before she went into her original work.
Her mixture of country and rock works quite well for her and we could tell she is true to her roots; call her a free spirit who lives by the very songs that she sings. She is a great artist and guitar player who shows a real love for her work in music. I, for one, consider her to be a real Texas treasure.
I have a feeling that one day this little girl will be a big star. So if you ever get the chance, you need to check her out; I can promise you she won’t let you down.
To find out more about Ronda Ray you can visit her web page at www.ronda-ray.com. Check her schedule and see if she will be playing near you. You’ll be glad you did!
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