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Ron Artis II & The Truth

Recorded Mar. 11, 2018



Based out of Hawaii, Ron Artis II & The Truth bring the deepest aspects of soul music. According to Glider Magazine Ron Artis II, front man of the group “rips, and has a voice to match the big sounds coming from his guitar.”

Ron Artis II plays music from his heart and soul would be a bit of an understatement. With his family upbringing and incredible early success, you may even say it has been pre-ordained. So how does one of the great musical talents of his generation come seemingly out of nowhere? Well, that part of the mystery is easy to solve. He’s been paradise’s best kept secret for years and now he’s finally making big waves on the mainland and beyond.

While developing his multi-instrumental prowess playing in the Artis Family Band, Ron quickly took to piano and guitar as his main modes of expression. His mastery of both—in addition to numerous other instruments—quickly made evident that he was special. As he got older and played more around Oahu, others quickly recognized his gifts as well. Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Jack Johnson, Jake Shimabukuro and many others recognized the incredible talent that was taking root on their isolated island paradise. Ron has gone on to play with all of them and more across Hawaii’s most prestigious venues with his own band that he put together (featuring brother Stevon on drums) aptly called, “The Truth.”

Those opportunities led to more exposure to artists from the mainland who, while they were touring the islands, all immediately recognized the unique talent they were witnessing. Booker T Jones, Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce) and G Love all invited (and in some cases demanded) Ron to collaborate and encouraged him to share his music with the broader world. This support aligned perfectly with Ron’s vision for his music: “To me, music is about giving. When I’m performing, I let go of everything. I look out into an audience and feel: ‘What do they need right now?’ We as artists have been given a gift and gifts are meant to be shared.” 

“I love the songwriting & the story telling”
-Mick Fleetwood

“An Amazing Voice.”
  -Jack Johnson

“The next big thing!”
  -G Love

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Hawaii’s Ron Artis II & The Truth’s first visit to the Belly Up was a memorable one. Opening for G. Love & Special Sauce on March 11, 2018, Artis II’s guitar prowess was on full display and captured on this live release. The album was recorded just a few weeks before the release of the band’s debut album SOUL STREET.

Artis II has received praise from the likes of G. Love, Mick Fleetwood and Jack Johnson, and the grass roots word of mouth continues to grow as the band continues to tour to support the release.

The Band:
Ron Artis II - Guitar and Vocals
Stevon Artis - Drums
Juan Casas - Bass

Run Time: Approx. 40 Minutes
File Size: 85MB

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