Spears, Ron


  • From West Valley City, Utah.
  • 1970’s, played in a band called “Obadiah’s Organic Bluegrass Band.”
  • 1976-1993, played rock and country music.
  • 1990, had a band called Bluegrass Conspiracy.
  • 1995, formed Within Tradition, which broke up after one year; re-formed in 1999.
  • 1999, released My Time Has Come album (Copper Creek).
  • 1999, worked briefly with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage.
  • Has written songs recorded by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Third Tyme Out, Lou Reid, the Bluegrass Cardinals, others.
  • 2004, released Carolina Rain album (Copper Creek).
  • 2004, Within Tradition was disbanded and Spears joined The Special Consensus, replacing Josh Williams on mandolin.
  • 2007, left Special Consensus to briefly join Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Later in the year, joined David Parmley and Continental Divide.
  • He is also a champion “yo-yo man” (won Utah State Grand Championship) and a ventriloquist.
  • 2009, joined the James King band.
  • 2013, joined the Reno and Harrell band playing bass.
  • 2015, joined David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition.
  • 2019, formed Fast Track with several members of Cardinal Tradition when Parmley disbanded the group.
  • 2023, died at the age of 69.