Ron Levine Grammy Award Winning Violinist Biography

Ron won a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental for the

Orange Blossom Special/Hoedown on the Urban Cowboy Soundtrack.

Ron was the fiddle player for Gilley's Urban Cowboy Band at the time.

He was touring with the band during filming of the movie Urban

Cowboy. Mickey Gilley and the Urban Cowboy Band split their time

between touring and performing at Gilley's club, in addition to

sessions at Gilley's Recording Studio. After touring with Mickey Gilley

for a few years, Ron moved to Colorado, skiing in the day and playing

through the nights. In Nashville, Ron toured and recorded with various

artists including Dottie West, Michael Martin Murphy, Lobo, Mickey

Gilley, Bertie Higgins, and Becky Hobbs, and played shows with Kenny

Rogers, Charlie Daniels, Merle Haggard, B.J. Thomas, Roy Clark and

Conway Twitty. He performed on various television shows including

Nashville Now, Church Street Station and Grand Ole Opry Live. PBS

American Skyline also aired a special on Ron's career.

 

After touring with Dottie West for 3 years, Ron left the music business

and life on the road to raise a family. He never intended to stop

playing music. Multiple Sclerosis changed this plan. His first relapse

left him without sensation in his hands or feet.  At this time he

couldn't hold a violin, let alone play it. Working through the challenge

of playing an instrument he could barely feel, Ron has regained his

ability to play the violin and enjoy his passion. Storm Dancer is the

most recent result. It is a combination of new recordings and tracks

recorded when he lived in Nashville.  Keep on the watch for more of

Ron's unique fiddle style and fun instrumental arrangements!