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Ronda Harp / Bio

I was raised in the beautiful Ozarks and am very proud of that! My first musical influence was my Pa Sasser. I remember when I was a little kid, the get togethers at my Grannys house. The house would be filled with bluegrass music- laughter and ciggerette smoke. I loved watching my Pa play with his friends and sometimes his brothers. If anyone has ever heard of Dogpatch USA- well he played there the very first year it was open in 1968- the year I was born! I have always tried to pluck away on the guitar or piano- but at the age of 9, the lady that was trying to teach me to play piano told my Momma that my fingers were to short to play the piano- I was very discouraged but still banged away on it when no one was home singing to the top of my lungs! My Momma had to sell the piano during some hard times so that left me with nothing to play. when I was in the fifth grade I had the most wonderfull teacher- Mrs Cook. She encouraged me to write and to this day that is where my passion is.
I graduated high school in 1986, went to beauty school, got married, had babies, but I had this hole in my heart I just couldnt fill. I had continued to write and beat around on my guitar but the desire for something more constantly stirred my heart. I had always wanted to play drums and so on my 28th birthday I bought a cheap set and found an instructor and started playing in my church band. Being a female from a small rural ara- no one took me seriously. I auditioned for a couple bands before I finally found someone that took me seriously. I have to give great thanks to Sam Patton for giving me that chance. After playing with him for a couple years Janet Billups approached me and asked if I'd like to play in her all girl band "The Sweet Sensations'. I jumped at the chance! I played with both Sam Patton and the Sensations for two years. The Sensations broke up due to our lead guitar player quitting. We brought in some guys and became Southern Pride. That band was short lived- due to the fact that I married the guitar player and divorced him 9 montths later. Because of the heartbreak I took about a year off and wrote some of my best music!! Then while playing with Sam Patton I met the sweetest little gal by the name of Carol Ann and her husband Dody. They had a gig and needed a drummer and called me. After playing with these giuys I just fell in love with them- they were my kinda people! We formed a band called Ribbons and Steel-I played with them for a couple years until Carol Ann and Dody got divorced. At our last gig a couple dudes from Kickin' Kountry came to see the show and a couple months later I got a call asking if I would like to audition for them. Well since January 2009 I have been their drummer. I aint done yet- got a few good years left and I just know somewhere down deep I have that million dollar song just waiting to come out!!

General Info

Band Members
Kickin Kountry Lead; Duane Hoppis, Rythm; Russell Joyner, Bass; JR Massingale, Drums; Ronda Harp
Artist Name
Ronda Harp
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Country / Drummer / Songwriter/Singer

Contact Info

Harrison, AR

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