American drummer Ron Hurst has been the drummer for John Kay and Steppenwolf since 1984, recording four albums with the band. He also plays and has recorded with John Kay and Friends, Kay's most recent solo project.
Originally hailing from Massachusetts, Ron began playing the drums at age eight. He grew up with Steppenwolf keyboardist Michael Wilk and the two formed a garage band that recorded at RCA Records. The band toured the Northeast U.S. and shared the stage with other then-unknown bands the likes of J. Geils Band and Aerosmith. His first claim to fame came in 1970 when he backed Chuck Berry. Ron has also performed with blues stalwarts James Montgomery, Johnny Copeland and James Cotton. A true trooper, Ron did "double duty" during Steppenwolf's 1986 tour with the Guess Who. Their drummer had to leave the tour for a family emergency, Ron played in both bands: first opening with the Guess Who, then playing with The Wolf.
A seasoned touring veteran, Ron's credits also include performances Charlie Daniels' "Volunteer Jam" Band, as well as guest appearances with Greg Allman and the Doobie Brothers. When called to task, Ron has also stepped in to play with "The Guess Who" and "Three Dog Night" (when last minute emergencies prevented their respective drummers from performing).
Ron currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where he has quickly established himself as an accredited drum instructor. When not on tour, Ron stays busy balancing teaching and session work with various international projects. Ron's work with John Kay and Steppenwolf has made him a well sought after commodity in the music industry.
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Ron Hurst Drumstick Collection
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 7.