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Friday, July 19th, 2013 [7:00pm]
St. Thomas Lutheran Church - Fellowship Hall
Sister Parish Benefit Concert

Fisher & Ronstadt
Ronstadt Generations
Serenity Fisher & The Cardboard Hearts

3800 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington Indiana 47401
USA 812.332.5252

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Bobby Fisher (guitar/songwriter) and Michael G. Ronstadt (cello/guitar/songwriter) are both international touring and studio musicians. When their paths crossed on a project, they realized that they shared a rare musical chemistry. So in spite of their hectic schedules, Bobby and Michael decided to record an album together and meticulously wrote, arranged and recorded these songs over an 18 month period.

This project started as an idea, a dream that two musicians could combine their talents and creativity to produce something unique, something not driven by market trends or record label demands. Musicians offered their talents without expecting anything in return. Many friends came forward to contribute their time, talents, and treasure - it would not have happened without you. Thank you especially to Ken Gilman & Elizabeth Szalay, Scott & Mary Boster, Walter & Donna Boekley, Joe Merkle, Paul Lippert, Chris Collier, Kathryn Stevenson, Kathy & Rick Friedmann, Chris St. Clair, Bob Trach, and Chuck & Susan Coren for your generous financial support. This music is dedicated to you and to our families and friends who so generously supported us along the way. Thank You!!


A world-renowned guitar virtuoso, Bobby is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, composer, and clinician. He has recorded and produced a number of his own music collections for various publishers, and has worked as producer and guest musician on countless others. Bobby is much in demand as a studio musician. His guitar work has appeared on commercials for Ford, Kroger, P&G, Chevrolet, Kings Island, Skyline Chili, and Coca Cola as well as television shows, including Live Styles of the Rich and Famous, All My Children, General Hospital, As The World Turns, Passions, and One Life to Live. As a guest musician, he has performed in venues ranging in size from small clubs to concert halls, arenas, and stadiums, most recently as Carnegie Hall and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Bobby currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and family.

For seventeen years, Michael has been offering his music to audiences on cello, guitar and voice. Conversant with a wide range of styles, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico with artists like David Bromberg, Linda Ronstadt, and Muriel Anderson. In addition to solo performances, Michael tours with his group Ronstadt Generations and regularly appears with Craig Bickhardt, Lisa Biales, and David Trotta. He has performed on over 50 albums during the past twelve years, including Trotta & Ronstadt 3.30.11 (2011), Ronstadt Generation's Prelude (2012) and Lulo (2010), Lost In Holland's The Last Great Loss (2009), Amber Norgaard's last four albums from 2006-2012, and Santa Cruz River Band's Volume I (2004), and II (2005). Michael Ronstadt's 4 solo albums, Crazy Rhythm (2012), Bridging The Gap (2010), Cotton Dreams (2008) and Motionless Swirls (2006), "…show him to be a performer with an amazing command of the typical and exotic sounds of the cello, a true virtuoso and a man of instinctive musicality"(Dan Buckley, Tucson Citizen, 2008). Stephanie Ledgin, author of Discovering Folk Music, writes that Michael is, "…and exceptional musician-composer, Ronstadt creates a masterful canvas with genre-blending explorations on cello and guitar in complement to thought-provoking lyrics"(2011). Michael received his Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in June 2008, and his Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Arizona in May 2006. He has studied under esteemed pedagogues Yehuda Hanani, Nancy Green, and Dr. Gordon Epperson.

Bobby Fisher - Guitar (steel, nylon, electric), Ukelele
Michael G. Ronstadt - Cello

Guest Musicians:
Welcome Home - Shelley King, vocals; Ricky Nye, piano & organ; Sandy Suskind, saxophone; Jeff McLemore, bass; and Brian Malone, drums.
Ancient & Unending - Sandy Suskind, flutes; Serenity Fisher, vocals
Mai Ka Pu'uwai - Tom Rasley, guitar

Produced by: Ed O'Donnell, Bobby Fisher & Michael G. Ronstadt
Recorded & mixed at Soundstage Studio, Cincinnati, OH
Illustration & Design by Joanne Mekis
Photographs by Jeff Burkle