PackMule Productions is an aural transgressions enterprise currently maintained by RonnieHays, the alterego of an ungracefully aging musical refugee who’s given name is Ron Rohlf (a.k.a. Rohlfie). With a brew of influences from Folk, Western, Motown, FM Album Rock, Hair Metal, and late-night bizarro radio raconteurism, he concocts his own brand of sonic experience. When forced to respond, he has called it “Prairie Yawp” but knows that doesn’t capture the spirit. What you’ll find here is more akin singer-songwriter, classic rock, or spoken word fare.
Don’t let him know we told you… he hates marketing cubby-holes.
RonnieHays says the mule’s latest release, Woke Again is merely a hint of what is to come. You see he’s backed up, creatively… lots more on the way.
RonnieHays maintains physical form in the formerly “Wild” western US. Usually in the area of Hays, Kansas (hence… the name). From there, he and his guitars have been seen disturbing the peace from Abilene to Zagreb.
RonnieHays, a lone sojourner, a musical refugee, considers himself a psychosocial song and dance man. His formative years started with the 1960s folk-era and ended with the humiliation of spandex, dog collars, and pink can Aqua Net (Hair Metal 1980s). Mostly dormant since the mid-00s, RonnieHays has a lot of catching up to do. He’s been known to appear out of nowhere screaming about being creatively “backed up.” Anyhoo……
What about… “the now?”
A Sputnik baby, RonnieHays turned 60 the spring of 2019. 60… but nowhere near rocking-chair material. In this chapter, he hopes to tap into the vein of unconscious, terrible/sublime truth identified by likes of Harry Smith and similar researchers. To that end, and drawing from a lifetime of personal experience, he applies a “beginner’s mind” to the creative and technical challenges of composition and production. With these seemingly mutually exclusive forces feeding each other, RonnieHays looks forward to the resulting alchemy… you can come along for the ride, if you like. You’ll witness the rebirth of a creative soul… older… unfettered… Woke Again.