Ronnie Eaton has paid a lot of dues playing in bands and as a solo act in and around the Lubbock, Texas area for over ten years. In 2012 with the release of his debut EP, “There’s No Way to Tell,” he finally saw the hard work pay off.
In 2010 Ronnie began playing weekly “concerts” for the homeless community in Lubbock. Every Wednesday night for two years he sang songs while his friend wrote down prayer requests in a notebook. “The first time I went down to the library to play for the homeless, I don’t think anyone really knew what to think (laughs). But I’ve been down and out before and I know how much a song can lift you up when you’re broken,” said Ronnie.
His time playing for the homeless reignited his passion for writing and recording, and in late 2011 he called up longtime friend and producer, Derek Guthrie, to discuss recording an acoustic demo at Guthrie’s studio, Two Draw Records. The end result was “There’s No Way to Tell.”
“There’s No Way to Tell” was met with generous acclaim from critics, strangers, and friends. The music was compared to artists such as Mumford & Sons, Chuck Ragan, and Ryan Adams, and has had mild success on iTunes and Spotify. The song “Lonely Night” was selected to play on the online radio station, Butterflies Radio.
After recording and releasing “There’s No Way to Tell,” Ronnie was inspired to play as much as possible. He played shows at various coffee shops, bars, and wineries in Lubbock and Amarillo. He was selected to play at The Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock and the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal featured him on the cover of their entertainment section.
After spending time listening to and shopping out his debut EP, Ronnie decided to contact Derek Guthrie and go back into the studio in mid-2012. “It’s not that we hated the EP (laughs), we just wanted to do more. We knew we could make everything sound better so we started working on ‘The Moth Complex.’”
Now that The Moth Complex is complete, Ronnie plans to play live as much as possible and bring his music to as many people as possible.