Bluesbreakers: Ron Pope And The Nighthawks
Americana songsmith ditches label, hires dream team, hits road
major label is like being a teenager,” reckons independent artist Ron Pope. “You know exactly what you want to do, but you have to ask permission and ask for money – and terms and conditions apply.” The 32-year-old Georgia singer-songwriter should know. Having become an internet sensation a few years back after self-penned songs were spread without the help of a label, he eventually signed up with Universal Republic, then home to Amy Winehouse and Enrique Iglesias. But after that proved a frustrating experience, he struck out on his own, with his wife as his manager. And he’s now seemingly come full circle, gathering together a band of “my first-call guys” – friends from his teenage years and acolytes from a wish list – to form The Nighthawks.