Stayin' on Track
RON GAISER / Singer - Songwriter - Guitar - Keyboards / was born into a family of writers, musicians, actors and composer where his love for music and drama came naturally to him. At the age of 5 he was singing in the church choir with his mother. All through school he played in bands and performed in musicals, Community Theater and resturaunts. His earliest influences were Andres Segovia, Carlos Montoya, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Doors, The Band, Eric Clapton, BB King, and Johnny Winters. In his teens he played guitar and sang with Bo Diddly, Andy Kahn, Captain Beef heart, and Richard Hyte. He received his formal training at UCLA School of Fine Arts, majoring in Theater Arts with a minor in music. Out of school he formed his own show band "Slow Dazzle", complete with Belly Dancers and famed horn man Vinny Dento. With their home base in Newport Beach, they played a very eclectic blend of original soul rock with international eastern flavors while traveling from Mexico to Santa Barbara along the California coast. The band was an opening Act and played with such notables as, Phoebe Snow, Loggins & Massina, Talking Heads, Donavan, Tom Green and The Rolling Coasters. Disillusioned with Disco, Ron got bit by the country bug while working as a ranch hand riding fence and caring for 33 Arabian horses. Continuously listening to Merle Hagard, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Waylon Jennings and later Garth Brooks and Montgomery Gentry, he started writing country songs while playing the western circuit in casinos and fairs with country bands the likes of; The Dale Hustler Band, Waylon Jennings, and Tony Owens. Country music took him to Texas, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and back to California ending in Bakersfield's Crystal Palace, and meeting Buck Owens. He then formed his own band "Durango" playing all Ron's own country originals. Durango has a large local and western states fan base. He is a published songwriter and ASCAP member. His songs and CDs have received national acclaim and worldwide airplay. He has a diversified taste in music and has written for film and television. He is currently adapting for the Broadway Stage, a musical based on the twice filmed hit movie, "FUN WITH DICK & JANE", originally written by his father, successful screenwriter GERALD GAISER, who loved and wrote Westerns. This CD, Durango: "Stayin On Track" was Durango's first Demo that launched Ron's songs into national and international air play with much acclaim. He presently resides in Mandalay Beach, California where he is working on his next CD, "California Country."