"In 2006, after my father passed away from cancer at the young age of 57, I decided to stop making excuses and put out the first Widetrack CD. Now, 13 years later, my 14 year-old son has joined the band as bassist and we continue this journey together." -Ron Tippin
Widetrack is the musical partnership of Ron Tippin and his 15 year-old son, Zach.
The band's "Alterna-Prog" sound strikes a balance between the moody-deep undertones of such progressive groups as Pink Floyd, Radiohead, A Perfect Circle, Porcupine Tree, The Mars Volta, etc., with a more flexible edginess of alternative/hard rock bands like Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age, Tool, STP, etc.
All three albums were co-produced by Andy Patalan, guitarist for popular '90s grunge-rock band, Sponge.
Beginning in January 2019, the father-son team wrote, recorded and released one new song each month, marking Zach's debut as a songwriter and recording engineer, as well as the first time Ron has written Widetrack music with another person.
The twelve songs comprise Widetrack's fourth album, 'The Unwakening', to be released on April 23rd, 2020 (Zach's 16th birthday).
The band will be playing select live dates throughout 2020, beginning with the official release party of their fourth album: an all-ages show on Sunday, April 26th at Motor City Guitar in their hometown of Waterford, Michigan.
More live dates to be announced.
For more information: Ron@WidetrackMusic.com
In 2005, musician Ron Tippin came to a crossroads of sorts...
"I'd been writing songs pretty much my entire music life", Tippin says, "But I rarely played them for anybody. I was known as a drummer 'who often sang because we couldn't find anyone else to do it' (ha ha). I really didn't think the people in my local scene would care too much for me reinventing myself as a singer/songwriter."
"But that all changed when my father passed away at such an early age. As cliche' as it sounds, I suddenly realized that this is the one chance we get to do the things in life that make us most happy. And so, I made a decision right then and there that I was going to bring this music to life one way or another, and ignore the inevitable criticism as best I could."
"Man, I can't even begin tell you what an amazing feeling it was to open that first box of CDs with my son... Absolutely priceless..."
In no time, Tippin had put together a "skeleton crew" band to begin playing live shows, eventually landing a side stage slot two years in a row at the 2007 and 2008 Voodoo Music Experience shows in New Orleans...
Given the opportunity to play at an event that featured such premier artists as Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine, etc., Tippin gained a much greater sense of confidence in developing as a live performer...
"The Voodoofest shows were such an amazing experience", he says... "I was still finding my way as a singer/guitarist, and playing such a big event gave me a much clearer sense of what I needed to work on to be more effective onstage... I still had a long way to go, but those shows really helped me get on the right track..."
But alas, progress was not to be so easily sustained, as personal setbacks and band member departures sidelined the group for most of the early 2010s. Tippin reflects: "Things were going great, but I was still playing with temporary band members; friends lending me a helping hand..."
Still, he continued writing and recording new songs, while searching for the right musicians to rebuild the group from the ground up...
Tippin: "Having played all the drums, bass and vocal parts myself on the demo recordings of the new songs, I just needed to find the right musicians to add the final piece of the puzzle - an actual band... Musicians who would hopefully want to be more than just a hired hand for the recordings...
"Man, was I in for a surprise..."