Life of a Roadie: The Gypsy in Me

In all of Rock 'n Roll, it was the least of all cool jobs, but everyone who did it, wanted no other job: Roadie.

No show ended or started without them; they were there hours before and hours after a concert. It paid minimum wage with no benifits. But if you toured with the right group, you were dead in the middle of history. Few Roadies write their history, their personal stories, their pain and joy. But in Ronnie Rush's book, we see a slice of Rock history that does not try to bridge all of rock 'n roll music; the words place a small stone in the foundation of the growth of one group's life and travels.- Ross du Clair | Chief engineer | Clear Channel radio-Sacramento,CA


Ronnie working the stage and adjusting Danny Hamilton's vocal mic. Fresno, CA (wearing San Francisco's 49er jersey #16 -quarterback Joe Montana).
At the height of Ronnie's career as a professional Roadie, in 1975, world renown photographer Ed Caraeff, had some film left in his camera while shooting Ronnie's group, Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds.
Ronnie (as concert promoter) stops for a quick moment for a picture, during the set up of the world famous group, America, their signature mega hit; A Horse with no name.
Ronnie worked the airwaves for 20 years, up and down the dial. Then decided in 2005 to become a concert promoter.
Click here to see a video of the band Ronnie used to roadie for; Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (Johnny Barado from Detroit-on drums).
l. Joe Frank Carollo, bass/vocals
c. Dan Hamilton,lead vocals/guitar;
r. Alan Dennison, Baby Grand piano/ vocals.
(Photo courtesy of world renown photographer Ed Caraeff)