Getting to Know Ron Toth
Written by Staff on December 12, 2023
Getting to know Ron Toth – by Stephanie Bartik,
Ron Toth is a name synonymous with the electrifying world of metal guitar, especially in the upstate NY area where he has earned a reputation as the master shredder for Last Pharaoh. The band, known for their debut album “Mantle of Spiders” and their current work on the eagerly anticipated “Endless Winter,” has undoubtedly established Ron as a force to be reckoned with in the metal scene. However, what truly sets Ron apart is the kaleidoscope of talents that lie beneath the surface, talents that extend far beyond the realm of heavy metal riffs.
For those who have delved into Ron’s musical repertoire, Dreams of a Gypsy Soul stands out as a testament to his versatility. This solo acoustic album showcases Ron’s prowess in Flamenco and Classical guitar styles, proving that his musical journey is not confined to the aggressive tones of metal. Available on various digital platforms, including YouTube, the album allows listeners to experience a different side of Ron Toth, one that resonates with the soulful melodies of acoustic strings.
Ron’s musical journey commenced at the tender age of 10 when he picked up the clarinet, only to transition to the guitar after a life-changing encounter with Alice Cooper’s iconic riff in “School’s Out.” High school saw Ron forming bands like Pegasus, which fearlessly competed in the Battle of the Bands in Ohio, holding their ground against seasoned pros twice their age. This early exposure set the stage for Ron’s future collaborations with legendary musicians.
Woodstock, NY, became a pivotal chapter in Ron’s life. A move that started with a hitchhiked ride led him to the doorstep of William Ames and Emmaretta Marks, luminaries in the music world. Ron’s undeniable talent earned him a place alongside these iconic figures, performing at various gigs and recordings. Woodstock, a haven for artists, also provided Ron with the opportunity to jam with Mick Ronson, Joe Lynn Turner, Joey Ramone, and others, enriching his musical palette.
Beyond the realm of music, Ron Toth is a visual artist with a remarkable flair for diverse styles. From realistic portraits of people and pets to landscapes and still lifes, Ron’s artistic expression knows no bounds. His commercial artwork, including signs, murals for businesses, and airbrushing on hotrods, has garnered attention and accolades. In 2021, Ron’s flame artwork on a custom car secured first place at the National Car Show in Lake George, NY, showcasing his artistic prowess in the automotive world.
Despite his multifaceted talents, Ron remains a humble and unassuming individual. His love for art, nurtured since the age of 5, has flourished into a vibrant portfolio, with pieces displayed in businesses and notable locations. Ron’s move to Albany in 2014 further honed his airbrushing skills, contributing to prize-winning cars, motorcycles, and canvases.
In the wake of the challenges posed by COVID-19, Ron has adapted, offering his freelance expertise in airbrushing at various shops across the state. A quiet and unassuming man, Ron finds his true happiness in the pursuits he loves most playing his guitar and creating art.
Whether you’re captivated by his masterful guitar solos or drawn to the intricate strokes of his brush, Ron Toth stands as a testament to the boundless possibilities that lie within a passionate and talented individual. To experience the magic of Ron’s solo acoustic show, explore his extensive artwork, or book Last Pharaoh, one can reach out to him at: [email protected]. Ron Toth is more than a shredding guitarist; he is an artist whose diverse talents continue to leave an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of upstate New York.
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