Ron Pennington is a Northwest Arkansas native. His dad taught him a few chords and tunes on the Mandolin at age 9, he played the drums for a couple of years, started on the guitar at age 12 and began experimenting with the bass at age 16. He won first place in a Mandolin contest in Disney, Okla. in 1976.
Since then, he has traveled all over the country and Canada playing in various bands. In 1999 he played the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Also that year, his bluegrass band Lonesome Road, which he helped form two years before, won first place at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music international bluegrass competition. He remains a part of this band today.
Pennington started playing with guitarist Roby Pantall at church in 2000, and they started playing jazz in 2003. The two are a very popular local jazz duo and play several times a month at various venues in the area, including regular appearances at the Eleven restaurant inside Crystal Bridges Museum.
Pennington has performed on more than 30 CDs and has a one of his own titled Brentwood. He also taught mandolin, guitar and bass for 25 years. You can hear Ron every Sunday playing electric guitar in the praise and worship team at New Life Church in Bella Vista.
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