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Episode 20:

Season 3 – Ron Walker

Released: July 29, 2023

About This Episode:

Ron Walker, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee as a member of “The Exoutics”, owner of Three 2 Go Music Publishing and RW Music Video Production and the Chief Executive Officer of Three 2 Go Music Alliance, joined Rockabilly Greg “In the Flamingo Lounge on July 10, 2023, to talk about his music and the the business of music.

Ron Walker is a native of Buffalo, New York with extensive music and business management expertise. With over 29 years of IT consulting, organizational change management and business process improvement experience to supplement his musical background, Ron is well prepared to lead the recently formed Three 2 Go Music Alliance well into the future.  Ron has acquired valuable business, project management and process improvement experience while providing change management services to fortune 500 companies while working for GM, EDS and HP. His career began working as an Advanced Systems Engineer for the Harrison Radiator division of General Motors. Former roles include; Advanced Systems Engineer, Operations Supervisor, Process Improvement Team Leader, Technical Resource Supervisor, Project Manager, Regional Change Coach, Strategic Business Planning Consultant.

Ron honed his musical skills playing guitar in WNY nightclubs. He is the owner of Three 2 Go Music Publishing and RW Music Video Production. His music credits include production and publication of LP’s & CDs for multiple artists on his Three 2 Go Music record label. His most successful projects to date being “The Exoutic Touch” full length LP, considered to be a rare soul collectable, and “Spring Time Love” released as a single and charting at # 2 regionally. Ron founded and performed as lead guitarist for The Exoutics, who were inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame class of 2011. An excellent guitarist, writer and producer Ron takes full advantage of the continued merger of music and technology. He currently performs with jazz artist E-Life 7 applying his international experience.

Ron is an active supporter and sponsor of WNY community-based music events including: The Queen City Jazz Festival and The Queen City Funk Festival. In addition to supporting community related music events, he has utilized his musical ability to support charitable organizations such as The Western New York Food Bank, Sickle Cell Disease Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

As a co-partner and Chief Operating Officer of Three 2 Go Music Alliance, and COO of Van Taylor Productions, Ron is leveraging his extensive music and business expertise to create opportunities for others in the WNY and the global music community. Ron currently resides in Williamsville, New York and is a graduate of State University College at Buffalo with a B.S. degree in Information Systems Management.

Original Members – left to right: (1) (Late) Omeri Monroe II – bass guitarist; (2) (Late) Marvin Valentine – keyboardist & vocalis; (3) Leon Martin III – percussionist; (4) Joanne McDuffie – vocalist; (5) Ron Walker – guitarist & vocalist; (6) Van Brailsford – Drums; (7) (Late) Charles Hillie – Alto sax.

Historical notes: Marvin, Leon, Ron, Van Brailsford, Michael Pennick (bass not shown), Latisha Parker (lead vocalist not shown) were the actual members of the Exoutics that recorded “Keep Groovin” & “Here We Go Again”.
Musicians on The Exoutic Touch LP included: Darryl Vaden – lead Vocals, Neal Harris – Drums, Annette Batia – vocals, Andy Williamson – Keyboards, Michael Pennick – Bass, Ron Walker – guitar, Leon Martin III – percussion. Tom Hall replaced Darryl Vaden and Annette Batia replaced Joanne (Jo Jo) for “Spring Time Love”.

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