LIVE on Folk & Beyond with Aer Stephen
Thursday, December 2, 2010, 6:00 PM
Lost in Holland
photo by Aer Stephen
"He (Josh Hisle) sings with a lot of heart. With a kick ass band his music could reach many ears and hearts. I was struck by this man and his dedication."
- Neil Young -
It was minutes before we were to go “on the air”, and then it hit. It is being called a “micro-burst”, but it should be called a “macro-burst”. What we were about to witness was anything but micro. It was June 24th and Ronstadt Generations & Lost In Holland were all set up and ready to play in the Live Studio when Charlottesville was crippled for days by a flash storm that mimicked an inland hurricane or a tornado. As it so quickly built, Big Mike told me that he was kind of hoping that they would get to see a storm sometime on this tour. From his home of Arizona, it was something they hadn’t seen for quite some time. We all were looking right at it as the towering tree came crushing down on the power lines just outside the picture windows of WTJU’s Live Studio. Massive trees were felled throughout the city, we were off the air into the next day, and the show did not go on.
The last five months have been busy for the group. Along with touring, the enterprising group has been creating a new CD project, and a couple solo CD’s soon to be released are in the can by Josh Hisle and Michael G. Ronstadt. Ronstadt Generations & Lost In Holland return to Folk & Beyond this evening, and we will have even more to share. Josh Hisle and Michael G. Ronstadt of Lost in Holland were featured live in September of 2009, (click here for the details about Lost in Holland and that WTJU Live Feature) and they join Micheal J. (father & Linda Ronstadt’s brother) and Petie Ronstadt (the Michael’s son/brother) as Ronstadt Generations in this special co-bill.Four voices, multi-instrumentalists, solo artists and original songwriters with a rich family blend offer audiences the chance to truly have an experience to be remembered. Ronstadt Generations consists of Michael J. Ronstadt, Michael G. Ronstadt, Petie Ronstadt and Josh Hisle, spanning two generations with a repertoire that reaches back to the end of the 19th century while continually looking forward into the 21st. Michael J. Ronstadt is a vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who continues in the tradition of troubadours. He has toured all over the world since 2004 with the Santa Cruz River Band, released 2 children’s albums and 1 gospel CD, and performed on seven of Linda Ronstadt’s recordings. Michael has been on stage with Los Lobos, Mariachi Cobre, The Gatlin Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, and the Dixie Hummingbirds. Petie Ronstadt always knows how to work an audience and fit right into the ideal musical pocket. He toured with the Santa Cruz River Band from 2008-2010 and performed with a wide spectrum of his own bands like Doyle Brunson and The Goodbye Kiss. Petie co-owns and operates Landmark Sound Recorders in Tucson, Arizona, recording top artists throughout the state. Josh Hisle tours with Michael G. Ronstadt as the national touring duo, Lost In Holland. He is a Fox 2/5 Marine, songwriter, world-class guitarist and has his music featured in Neil Young’s CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). His songwriting background and combat experience bring forth passion and truth, both virtues rarely seen in today's music. Along with cellist, guitarist and songwriter Michael G. Ronstadt, Lost In Holland has had the opportunity to perform for and with Neil Young, Walt Michael, Norah Jones, Death Cab For Cutie, The Santa Cruz River Band, and Guy Davis. Michael G. Ronstadt has his Master of Music degree in cello performance, but performs everything they didn’t teach in school. He is conversant in a wide range of musical styles and can sit in with virtually anyone including sharing the stage with artists like David Bromberg, Linda Ronstadt, Murial Anderson, Lisa Biales, and The Santa Cruz River Band.