Ron Thompson has been a staple on the Bay Area blues scene for decades, impressing generations of fans with a cutting guitar style that has drawn praise not only from critics but fellow artists such as John Lee Hooker, Mick Fleetwood, Angela Strehli and the equally busy local talent Tommy Castro.
Speak to Thompson, as I did a few years back, and it quickly becomes evident that he is a blues true believer and prizes his time on stage with the like-minded.
"I started out playing blues and you end up playing with people who play blues,” he said. “It just ends up that way. If you learn a trade, you end up playing with people who are in the business. Just being able to meet those people, let alone share the stage ... it’s very much an honor.”