As a young man, Ron Pullman had many diverse music influences that led him to creating his own unique performing style. Among the music icons he admired were Johnny Cash and the Carter Family, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Christopher Parkening, an American Classical guitarist to Contemporary Acoustic Jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd. ”I started playing guitar in rock band with my best friends around the age of 13 with two of the “Granati Bros” and their Cousin Tony Bonomo. They later formed a family band called “G Force.” They performed two world tours with Van Halen at the height of Van Halen’s fame.”
It was when Ron started playing with known artists that he discovered his passion as a song writer. The great Blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite told Ron that “Your songs have a message and that’s a lost art.” Charlie is on several tracks of Ron’s new record (soon to be released).
But things really changed when Ron started writing Gospel music and working with “The Blind Boys of Alabama.” They changed his life forever. From the message in all of Ron’s songs to the respect he received from other artists. Jimmy Carter (The Blind Boys of Alabama) and Ron recorded “I Am With You Still,” which was produced by Alan Parsons at his studio Parsonics in Santa Barbara, Ca. That track is being submitted for 2021 Grammy selection that will be on Ron’s Gospel album (also soon to be released).
Ron released his first record “Back To The Island” a collection of various genres in 2016. There’s Jazz vocalist, Michele Benson on “Cloudy Moon” from “Back To The Island,” to members of the Pittsburgh symphony directed by Chris Jahnke (Broadway Musicals fame). Then in 2017, Ron released several singles with Denny Laine including “Meant To Be” and “Over The Horizon,” which received considerable recognition from music critics as well as creating a large fan base.
There are many stories about working in the studio with acclaimed musical talents, but the ones that Ron holds close to his heart are the ones “when you record with any artist it creates a brotherly bond between you and that artist.” Like working with Denny Laine and Lenny Zakatek (The Alan Parsons Project and Gonzalez). After spending a week in the studio recording their new EP, Ron found an amazing work relationship and brotherly friendship. “Creating music together is exciting to watch where it may go.”
Ron always loved to write — whether it’s poetry, music, articles or books — one of which was published in 2012. “I really decided to follow my dream and leave the comforts of the financial world behind. It was a big risk but I always believe I would rather follow your love and possibly fail then wonder what it could have been. Denny Laine the great song writer gave me lots of encouragement, as did many other artists who appreciate my talent as a writer.”
Excited to be working with Lenny Zakatek they are also currently discussing an acoustic type of European tour for Ron’s new EP. “His voice is incredibly beautiful. The new music that I’ve written such as “Without You” that Lenny recorded for his 50th Anniversary, is very fresh and new. That track will be a must for any man to play for his wife on their anniversary. It’s a beautiful love song. The track “I Believe In You” is also a love song about love is always growing and maturing. “For Eternity” is a song where Lenny’s voice takes that love song to an amazing place. What better statement can you make that you will love someone “For Eternity” It’s a good time for new love songs. I’ve grown closer to the love of my life Norma during this Pandemic. My mature love pours out in the lyrics of these new songs. Our new EP is going to help the world heal and help us all find peace in the new world order that we are all living. As the great Miles Davis said, “You have to scrape away all the bullshit in your life until there is nothing left but the truth. Then you are able to find the real essence of love in your life and write great music. I certainly have and it is portrayed in this EP. My guess is the world is being forced to do the same with this pandemic.”
Ron’s last name “Pullman” may also ring a bell in relation to trains — the Pullman car. This is part of Ron’s legacy since his great grandfather is none other than “the” George Pullman, who the Pullman Car is named after. George was the largest Afro-American employer in the United States in the early 1900s. It was when he took a railroad car and revamped it to suit the luxury tastes of travelers, that the Pullman name shortly became synonymous with train travel in class and style. George was also very good friends with President Abraham Lincoln. When Lincoln died, George built a special train car to take Lincoln’s body throughout the US so people could say their farewells. Fast forward years later, Robert Lincoln, Abe’s eldest son, ended up running the Pullman business in Chicago after George died.
When not composing, recording or performing, Ron loves hanging out in the Florida Keys fishing and boating, but his main hobbies include his love for cooking and baking, carpentry and “guitar painting.” A gifted artist, Ron makes use of his pallet knife and brushes to create his oil paintings, where there’s always (his trademark) a guitar somewhere in it.
As for his self-taught carpentry work, Ron has taken on the challenge of renovating an old farm house. Making use of plentiful indigenous natural Canadian hemlock lumber in his area, he uses craftsman techniques of tongue and groove from furniture to the covered bridge (stretching across a ravine with a brook lined with willow trees) to the house itself. “I love working on my farm Willow Brook Manor in South Beaver, Pennsylvania. “I love working on my farm Willow Brook Manor in South Beaver, Pennsylvania. That’s where Lenny and I first started working on “For Eternity.” That will be on our EP and it will have some of the Pittsburgh Symphony musicians on it.”