The Ironwood CD is here!              

  1) When the Deal Goes Down (5:00)
  2) Arrow Of Time (5:00)
  3) It Wasn't Me (3:16)
  4) Tell Your Story Walkin' (4:25)
  5) Guitar Man (4:07)
  6) Aren't You Dead Yet (3:16)
  7) Much Too Young (4:25)
  8) Goin' Down Slow (4:31)
  9) Single Again (4:28)
  10) Cold Sober (2:33)
  11) Everybody Knows But Me (4:34)
  12) King Kong (2:51)
  13) Rode Hard And Put Away Wet (3:17)
  14) Low In the Water (5:45)
  15) Flatland (4:10)

  Ironwood is:
  Bill Ring - vocal, guitar
  Joe Crum - bass
  Don Fenton - harmonica
  Stacy Farina - vocal
  Sue Spencer - drums
  Dave Redmond - guitar

  guest artists:
  Larry Real - dobro
  Joe Hodes - guitar

  All songs written, arranged,
  and produced by Bill Ring
  © 2013 William G. Ring
Bill Ring
Arrow Of Time
Tell Your Story Walkin'
Much Too Young
Goin' Down Slow
King Kong

See? It pays to read the whole page! You never know what you might be missing.

Other Albums Available at
West Coast Highway  
Sand   Whirl 
You Are Here
I Don't Do That
Believe It Or Not
Card Games
Down The Line

    Since July, 2007 Bill Ring has lived in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, playing clubs in the Ithaca area with some of the area's best instrumentalists, including Twy Bethard, fiddle queen of the local jam scene, jazz/Americana bassist Joe Crum, and harmonica wiz Don Fenton. Playing together under the name Ironwood, they combine country, folk, "unplugged" rock, and folk blues in a style all their own. See the Ironwood page for more information. See the Show Announcements page for details of upcoming appearances.
    In 2002, Bill moved from New York City, his life-long home, to a renovated barn in the Catskills, where he set up the recording studio in which he completed all five of his CD's (available on The first four compiled remastered versions of his earlier recordings. The most recent, Still On My Mind, was recorded and mixed in his new studio.
    "The barn has the most incredible sound - better than any studio I've ever worked in. The high ceiling and oddly angled walls give it a natural ambience like nothing I've ever heard. The first time I walked into the place I clapped my hands, listened to the reverberation, and just about knocked the landlady down and forced-fed her my deposit check.
    "The completion of Still On My Mind is the end of a creative and technical Odyssey that began with buying my first guitar at age 16 and getting my first sound-mixing gig as roadie for the Elephant's Memory in 1969. I've been writing songs, performing, and engineering ever since."
     Bill Ring began playing in New York City in 1968. His first band, Another Country, was a folk-rock group that played mostly at the appropriately named Cafe Bizarre on Third St. in Greenwich Village. That club, along with pretty much every other venue they ever played (including the old Sterns department store across 42nd St from Bryant Park!) has long since been torn down and plowed under.
    After 15 years of solo performing, Bill joined with Sally Eaton and Peter Pasco to form a new version of Another Country, featuring assorted acoustic instruments, three-part harmonies, and the considerable songwriting talents of all three. The acoustic edition of Another Country appeared frequently at Speakeasy and Folk City, both of which no longer exist. (Anyone notice a trend here?)
    Along the way he mixed live sound for performers including Herbie Mann, Aretha Franklin, Paul Butterfield, Kiss, and many others. He has also been an electronics designer and chief tech at a major New York studio.
     After Another Country, Bill began working with his backup band, Ironwood, which at one time or another has included most of the musicians listed in the notes of the CD Bill Ring and Friends. There was also a short-lived collaboration known as Sixteen Wheeler, which featured Bonnie Burns, Jaki D'accardi, and David Ruderman for one gig at Wetlands, and Rod Horowitz in place of David at the Eagle Tavern.
    In 1991 Bill teamed with Constance Taylor to front Ironwood. They also appeared as a duo under the name Cool Dolphin. (Constance now lives and performs in San Francisco. Check out her page on this website.)
    Besides the clubs mentioned above, Bill Ring has been heard live and recorded on many NY area radio stations, including WBAI and WQXR, and on college and community stations around the USA. His recordings include:

  • Ironwood: The latest edition of the band, featuring Joe Crum, Don Fenton, Stacy Farina, Sue Spencer, and Dave Redmond. With special guests Larry Real on dobro and Joe Hodes on lead guitar. Fifteen original songs by Bill Ring, fourteen never released before. For more information, click here. Available from

  • Still On My Mind: Latest and best. Beautifully recorded in the sweetest-sounding barn in the Catskill Mountains, Still On My Mind features drums and percussion by Bob Lepre, acoustic and electric bass by Rusty Boris, fiddle by Brahm Stuart of Shaman, sax by Chuck Hancock, harmonies by Bibi Farber and Constance Taylor, and acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, and vocals by Bill Ring. A bakers dozen original songs performed, arranged and engineered by the writer.
         "I think all my albums have a lot to offer, but this is the best-sounding by far. It features several old friends and a couple of new ones, and all their performances are very special. You'll find some humor here, and a dash of social comment, but the prevailing theme is memory, particularly bittersweet recollections of love."
        If you buy only one album by this artist, this is the one you must have. Available from

  • You Are Here: The fourth and final album compiling Bill Ring's pre-millennium recordings, which were previously available only on private release cassettes. The first seven songs are similar to the material on Bill Ring and Friends: Old-time country sounding instrumentals featuring fiddle, banjo, guitar, and harmonica, but with less than traditional lyrics. The next three songs are electric productions that might have been included in Invisible Fingers. The next four songs are solo folk numbers, including a tribute(?) to the guru of deconstruction, Jacques Derrida, and the title song, whose gist can be gathered from a quick glance at the cover art. The album concludes with a pair of instrumentals: one an acoustic improvisation in 10/8 time based on a diminished scale, and the other a dreamy meditative piece featuring harmonium and whirling gong. Available from

  • Beneath a Violet Sun: Dark, death-obsessed Newage weirdness beginning with a Quicksilver-esque rock number and ending with a 30+ minute sound sculpture featuring rain stick and assorted small percussion instruments. In between lurk four Goth-folk pieces that many aficionados consider among Bill Ring's best-written songs. Some very cool, dreamy instrumental work here as well, particularly the electric guitar lead on Sand. Only six songs, but an hour's worth of highly unusual music. Very different from his other albums, and well worth repeated listening. Available from

  • Invisible Fingers: "Except for the Mehndi hand illustration by Loretta Roome, this CD is an exercise in solipsism. What I could play myself (guitars, harmonicas, vocals) I did; the rest (drums, keyboards, wind instruments) I programmed in midi. This is probably as close to a rock album as I'm likely to come." All of the mixes on this CD were previously available only on limited edition cassettes Don't Worry, It's Only Me; The Fall of the House of Escher; and Invisible Fingers. They have been remastered for improved sound quality.
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  • Bill Ring and Friends: Digitally remastered cuts from early cassette releases Heaven Somewhere, Ironwood, and Cool Dolphin. Also includes two songs recorded live at the Sun Mountain Cafe. All original songs. Lots of acoustic instruments, including 6- and 12-string guitars, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, flute, harmonica, harmonium, and percussion, with some electric bass and even an electric guitar thrown in. Backup vocals by Bonnie Burns and Constance Taylor. Folk/blues/country. Available from

  • Another Country: With Sally Eaton and Peter Pasco. Many covers with some originals. A few CD's exist, but very much a rarity. If you REALLY have to have one, email Folksmith. Virtually all acoustic, including a couple of a capella numbers. Folk style.



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