The RING 's influences span from Progressive Rock, Fusion, Jazz, Funk, and Classical, forming an original, unique and powerful blend of music. The band members include:
Tim Urfer ~ Guitar
Chris Spriggle ~ Keyboards
Doug Boggs ~ Vocals
Rob Fordyce ~ Bass
Devin Russell ~ Drums
From the first rehearsals in 1990, the ideas flowed effortlessly. The synergy of the band and their writing style developed quickly! They never found themselves short on ideas and the group was suddenly ready to record their first CD of original music!
The band recorded its first project in 1991, aptly titled, ‘The Ring’. It consists of 6 long form Progressive Rock pieces, ending with a beautiful piano/vocal ballad. Engineered by Larry Schalit, the project was recorded at the famed Hyde Street Studios, in San Francisco, CA. Some of the featured artists include Zulu Spear (Courtesy of Liberty Records) and Shiloh Hobel on background vocals.
The RING played throughout Bay Area clubs, sharpening their music with a large, complex, yet accessible sound. Unique to the band, is a focus on musicianship and showmanship. The band has opened for Steve Morse (Kansas, Dixie Dregs) to a capacity crowd at San Francisco's show club, Slim's, owned by Boz Scaggs, to rave reviews. Also fronting Bill Spooner (The Tubes) in Berkeley, CA, to name a few. The RING set off on a successful northwest tour playing colleges and being featured on local Radio stations up and down the California coast. The band scored 51 in the Top 100 Countdown of 1990 on Santa Rosa's KFOX FM, beating out the likes of Aerosmith and many more.
In 1993 the group disbanded to pursue other interests, leaving a lot of material unfinished and unrecorded. Tim and Chris continued working together writing and recording instrumental jazz fusion ideas. Later that year they reconnected with vocalist Doug Boggs to write and record a handful of more songs. After this writing stint, Tim and Chris refocused their efforts creating a Fusion Jazz project. For this they reconnected with Rob Fordyce on bass and brought in drummer, Brad McKeague. This quartet gigged throughout the Bay Area and recorded and released two CD projects.
In 2010, Tim, Chris, and Rob discussed revisiting the original, unfinished material of the original members that never made it into the recording studio. After a few phone calls, Doug and Devin were back on board and the group has now set off to finish what they started in 1990!
Back with the original lineup, The RING, has returned to the recording studio working at the historic, Prairie Sun Studios, located in beautiful Sonoma County, CA. Prairie Sun's head engineer, Matt Wright, is helming the NEVE and SSL consoles for the band's project. They will be completing 14 songs for this 2016 release. On this project they have had the opportunity to work with Grammy winning producer, Jack Douglas(Aerosmith, John Lennon, Miles Davis, The Who,...), Grammy winning horn section Wayne Wallace Quintet, and Joan Ivazes adding background vocals.
In 2013, The RING headlined famed, The Sweetwater, in Mill Valley, CA, raising over $10,000 in one show benefiting, UCSF's Medical Center, research for Multiple Sclerosis.
July, 2015, the band headlined, San Rafael Summer Rocks Festival, benefiting the Jerry Garcia Foundation.
September, 2015, they headlined, The Fenix, in San Rafael, CA, by request from West Coast Songwriters.