Out of the Rain is a folk duo noted for innovative arrangements and unusual expressive power. Although Ron Hipp has been well known in the Atlanta area as an accomplished solo artist and Carol Statella has played viola and sung in various groups over the years, their recent joining forces to regularly perform and record music together has resulted in a compelling, poignant sound that is both timeless and fresh.
Ron is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist/singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A native of Atlanta, he's been performing both solo and in various band combinations since about the age of 16. His rich baritone voice, intricate fingerpicking, altered guitar tunings, beautiful original songs and instrumentals make his shows an unforgettable experience. Ron has graced many a recording project by other artists over the years as a studio musician and has many CD cover photos to his credit, being a professional photographer as well.
Carol (string player/singer) has played in backup orchestras for Joni Mitchell, The Moody Blues, and Brian Wilson. As a reviewer for High Performance Review and contributor to Rockrgrl magazine, she interviewed Robert Shaw, and worked as a public radio announcer. Carol has also played in the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and sung with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus.
Ron and Carol have known each other and crossed paths musically for well over a decade, through many artistic and personal evolutions. Their sound together has been described as warm, eloquent, and vivid. Onstage, Ron and Carol draw audiences in with artful musicality, occasionally inane humor, and absolute focus on inviting the listener into the depths of a song. While continuing to perform in intimate venues around North Georgia, Ron and Carol ~Out of the Rain~ present a first album of original songs and instrumentals, titled “Two Hearts.”