On Saturday, Oct. 25, actor, singer/songwriter and storyteller Ronny Cox is set to perform at the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center in Cedaredge for an evening show at 7. Best known for his acting career through his 125 different movies and television show appearances, today Cox enjoys performing around the U.S. at folk festivals, concert venues and intimate theatres.
His big acting break was in the now classic 1972 film, “Deliverance,” and many might know him from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” where he took over as captain of the ship for two episodes. He’s also swift with a guitar and has a passion for songwriting.
A New Mexico native, now residing in Los Angeles, Cox grew up singing and acting. During his early years struggling as an actor he played in pubs. Playing guitar, he said, was instrumental in landing him the “Deliverance” role.
These days, however, Cox spends more time with his music.
“Playing means more to me than anything else,” he said.
Cox likes that there’s no imaginary fourth wall as in acting. “I love looking out, making connections with people and seeing the effect it has,” he said. Sometimes when he’s performing, he’ll deviate from the set list based on the audience’s response.
He also writes almost all his own material. Some of his favorites are award winners like the 2018 Best American Roots Song winner, “A Bus to Baltimore,” about Alzheimer’s disease. Others are more sentimental in value, like “Catherine,” about his granddaughter who was a mere 1 pound 10 ounces at birth.
Cox’s style is more acoustic oriented, “folky — very simple.” With his performances being a storyteller becomes a main focus, allowing the audience to listen. “The stories are equally as important to me,” he said, referring to how every song has a story.
Those who attend his concerts say they love the stories as much as the songs.
Cox loves connecting his audience — so much that he greets people as they come in and encourages them to show up early just to visit. “I want it to be a shared evening,” he said.
He even avoids opening acts — because, he said, “I am the opening act.”
Tickets for the Oct. 25 concert are still available and can be purchased online at grandmesaartscenter.com/events or by calling Starr’s Guitars at 970-856-2331. General admission is $20 and the show starts at 7 p.m.
More information on Cox is available by visiting ronnycox.com.