Ronny Wayne Davies was born in Louisiana but grew up in the Pacific Northwest. This picture, taken on an Island in the beautiful Puget Sound of Washington State, was used for the cover of Ron's first A&M album - Silent Song Through The Land. Vicki Lynn Davies was not only Ron's wife and the mother of his two daughters, she was also his singing partner from 1962 to 1974. Vicki is shown here playing cards while her husband works on a song. A&M Records signed Ron to a recording contract in 1968. Here he is with some of his buddies at an A&M company picnic in Los Angeles, Calfornia. From left to right: Pete Pendras, Bill Carter, Ron Davies, his sister Gail Davies and Barry Peterson.." /> This picture of Gail and Ron Davies was taken at Barney's Beanery in Hollywood, California, in 1973. Gail and Ron had just come from a private listening party for the release of Tom Waitts' first solo album. Ron Davies lived in San Luis Obispo in the early 1980s. He loved the ocean and spent as much time as could walking along the beach. He claimed the ocean had a rejuvenating effect. It was the subject of several of his songs, one in particular was entitled "Home From The Sea." Photographer, Jim Shea, captured this shot of three of Ron's musician friends. They are, from left to right: Charlie Ness, Ron, Peter Yelda and Mark Nuttycombe. Ron moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1985 to write for Cedarwood Publishing. <br />In this picture, which was taken at the Tennessee Fairgrounds in 1986, Ron is shown with his sister, country singer Gail Davies, following her performance at a showcase for RCA Records. Ron and Gail Davies, shown here at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville in 1986, started singing together in talent contests when they were kids. In 1961, Ron, who was 15 years old, and Gail, who was 13, won first place at the Rhododendron Festival in Port Townsend, Washington. Like The Everly Brothers, Ron and Gail had that marvelous sibling blend, which Ron jokingly called "music from the womb." This is a classic photograph of Ron with two of his rowdy friends, Texas songwriters Richard Dobson and Townes Van Zandt. RCA recording artists The Thompson Brothers Band recorded a song that Ron wrote with their bass player, Mike Whitty. Shown here are Bill Carlton, Ron Kimbro (holding a copy of the new album), Richard Bailey, Ron Davies and Mike Whitty. Ron didn't often perform in public, although he did agree to tour the UK with his sister, Gail Davies, in 2002 and appeared as her guest at the The Kerrville Folk Festival. He was surprised when he received a standing ovation at the end of his performance. The band is, from left to right: Jacob Bennett, Ron Davies, Chris Scruggs, Gail Davies, Rob Price and Sergio Webb. While touring the UK in 2002, Ron stopped over in Liverpool to visit the birthplace of the Beatles. Ron is shown here with his brother-in-law and bass player, Rob Price, and guitarist, Sergio Webb. Brown's Diner in Nashville was one of Ron's favorite hangouts. This picture, taken in 2003, shows from left to right: Brent Moyer, who co-wrote "Just The Way It Goes" with Ron; Uschi Moyer; and Ron Kimbro, one of the bartenders at Brown's and a co-writer with Ron on "Hey Honey I'm Home". Both of these songs appear on Ron's tribute album. Ron liked to sit at the window in Brown's Diner, drinking a beer and watching the world go by. This picture was taken in 2003, just a few months before Ron passed away. Ron's sister began producing a tribute to him in October of 2004. Due to a series of personal problems and financial setbacks, the album was put on hold for nine years. It was finally completed in 2013. In this picture Gail is discussing the direction of a song with musicians Andy Reiss (guitarist for the Grammy nominated Time Jumpers) and Scott Macdonald. Curb recording engineer Craig White is shown in the forefront with Lana Brown, who sang background vocals on the tribute, talking with bass player and string arranger, Rob Price. Guy Clark was one of Ron's favorite writers. They shared a mutual admiration for each other's music. Guy was instrumental in getting Jerry Jeff Walker to record Ron’s song "The Man He Used To Be" in 1992. Guy is shown here listening to a playback of his vocal on "Walk and Don't Walk," which was written by Ron Davies and Lisa Dilk. Also shown in this picture are producer Gail Davies, Curb recording engineer Craig White and his assistant Greg Strizek. Vince Gill and Gail Davies have been buddies since the early 1980s, when they were label mates on RCA Records. They recorded a duet in 1983 on a song written by Ron Davies entitled "Lovin' Me Too." Here they are, together again, singing on Ron's tribute album in 2004. Nashville is known for its charitable music community, and Dolly Parton is one of its best representatives. Pictured here, from left to right, are: Chris Scruggs, Hunter Davis (who co-wrote "Back To The South" with Ron Davies), Rob Price, Dolly Parton and Mickey Raphael. Gail Davies and Craig White are shown sitting at the console. Dolly Parton and Gail Davies met in 1984, when Dolly sang harmony on Gail’s RCA recording of "Unwed Fathers." Gail’s son, Chris Scruggs, was two years old at the time and had his picture taken sitting on Dolly’s lap. Dolly insisted, this time around, that she have her picture taken sitting on Chris’ lap. He seems pretty happy with that arrangement. This photo was taken at Curb Studios in 2004, after Dolly recorded Ron Davies' song "It's Too Late". Finding the right artist to sing Ron Davies’ classic blues standard "It Ain’t Easy" was a challenge. This song had been recorded primarily by men in the past, so producer Gail Davies decided to turn it over to a woman, namely Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Shelby Lynne. John Prine is one of the most stylistic songwriters of our time and someone whom Ron respected and admired. Here John is sharing a joke with the band during a break from recording on the tribute. From left to right: Chris Nole, Gail Davies, John Prine, Andy Reiss, Rob Price and Craig White. This picture, taken at Curb Studios in 2004, features some of the musicians who played on the tribute album: bass player and string arranger Rob Price, producer Gail Davies, drummer Bob Mummert, recording artist John Prine, guitarist Andy Reiss and piano player Chris Nole. Mandy Barnett (shown here with her mentor Gail Davies), is not only a talented singer and performer, she is also one of the few female record producers in Nashville. Mandy is featured on the tribute album singing one of Ron Davies’ signature songs, "Long Hard Climb." Here we have three of the background singers on the tribute, smiling for the camera. From left to right: Patty Mitchell, Suzanne Sherwin and Rob Price. David Lege and Patty Mitchell also sang background on the tribute. Here they are at Curb Studios with their daughter Liberty (Gail Davies' adopted niece) in 2004. Scott Macdonald, shown here playing a 1951 Martin guitar, was one of Ron's oldest friends from the Pacific Northwest. Scott flew in from Seattle in 2004 to contribute his unique talent to the tribute album. Jonell Mosser and Lana Brown were two of Ron's favorite singers. Lana, whom Ron considered his best gal-pal, sang on most of his publishing demos and was his duet partner on his last album. Jonell Mosser, shown on the left, is a Nashville treasure and was the inspiration for a song of Ron's entitled "She's So Down Home". Bob Mummert was responsible for laying down a solid drum beat on the 22 songs featured on Ron's tribute album. Here he is at Curb Studios in 2004 enjoying a well deserved break. Jeff Hanna, the lead singer for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, recorded the original version of "Dark Eyed Gal" in 1989. He agreed to record it again for the tribute album, this time with Matraca Berg singing harmony. They are pictured here with harmonica wizard Mickey Raphael. Pete Pendras is another of Ron's friends from the Pacific Northwest. He toured with Ron in 1971 to promote his first A&M album, Silent Song Through The Land. Pete flew in from Seattle on November 23, 2004, to play guitar on Ron's tribute. One of the finest alt/country bands in the business, BR549 has had several different members through the years. Performing on the tribute album in 2004 were Shaw Wilson on drums, Don Herron on mandolin, Chris Scruggs on upright bass and electric guitar, and Chuck Mead, shown here singing the lead vocal for "Hey Honey I’m Home." Ron Davies was never limited to one style of writing. He wrote everything from sweet, romantic ballads to hard-core R&B. Jimmy Hall, who is famous for his powerful vocals, had no trouble singing "Let It Slide." Here he is in 2012 with producer Gail Davies. Benny Golson, shown here playing a solo on Ron's song "True Lovers and Friends," is one of the original architects of American jazz music. He has written numerous jazz standards including "Along Came Betty" and "Killer Joe". Benny is also a long time friend of Gail Davies and came to town in 2012 to play on her brother's tribute. Here is a great picture of Benny at Curb Studios in 2012 watching Pat Bergeson and Chris Scruggs playing some Chet Atkins style guitar. Benny has always been a fan of country music and was delighted to be playing with these Nashville musicians. Nashville is known for it's country music, but it's also home to a thriving jazz community. Some of Nashville's finest horn musicians contributed their talent to the tribute album. One of the perks was having their picture taken with a jazz legend. Shown here from left to right are Barry Green on trombone, Steve Patrick on trumpet, Benny Golson and Jay Patten on Saxophone. Crystal Gayle and Bill Gatzimos (shown here with Benny Golson) were kind enough to offer the use of their recording studio to producer Gail Davies to help finish the tribute album. They also volunteered the services of their very talented young son, recording engineer Chris Gatzimos. Audio 51 engineer Chris Gatzimos was a tremendous help recording overdubs for the tribute album. A graduate of Belmont School of Music, he is shown here in 2012 talking with producer Gail Davies. When you think of great Texas songwriters, the name of Rodney Crowell immediately comes to mind. Rodney offered to sing Ron's song "The Man He Used To Be" (originally recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker) for the tribute album. Here he is in 2012 with recording engineer Chris Gatzimos. Multi-talented musician and songwriter Chris Scruggs (who is also Ron Davies' nephew) played steel guitar, upright bass, acoustic and electric guitar, and also sang background vocals on his uncle's tribute. Chris is shown here in 2010 talking to Chuck Mead with Kelly Hogan listening in. Chuck Mead (singer with the alt/country band BR549) is shown here listening to a playback of Jim Lauderdale’s vocal on "Have To Come Down." This picture was taken at Audio 51 Studios in 2012. Anti recording artist Kelly Hogan sang a duet with Vince Gill on Ron's tribute album. She also offered to sing background vocals on Jim Lauderdale’s rendition of Ron's song "Have To Come Down". This picture, taken at Audio 51 Studios in 2012, shows Kelly Hogan with Jim Lauderdale, Chuck Mead and Gail Davies looking like the rowdy kids in the back of the school bus.