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Ronny Cox will perform at Crossings May 8.

Cox brings friends to Crossings

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Movie watchers may know him as the corporate snake in “RoboCop” or “Total Recall,” and TV viewers the ruthless politician on “Stargate: SG1.”

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But Ronny Cox also has made a name for himself performing an eclectic mix of acoustic music.

He brings folk, western, and jazz/blues to the Crossing’s stage at 7 p.m. Thursday May 8.

Cox will play guitar and sing. Joining him is Radoslav Lorkovic on accordion, keyboards and vocals, and T Bruce Bowers on fiddle and mandolin.

Cox grew up in New Mexico listening to Texas swing tunes, but then played rock ‘n’ roll in high school, and was eventually drawn to folk music after graduating from college.

“I have always had pretty eclectic tastes in the music I like to listen to and to play. I have tried to approach each of my albums from a different perspective,” Cox said. Most often, he has a Southwestern folk sound.

He prefers to keep enough lights on in the venue to see his audience.

“The closer I am to the audience the more feels like a shared experience I want my shows to feel like it used to sitting around the front porch or the kitchen table sharing music with family and friends,” he said.

While Cox hasn’t put his acting career behind him entirely, he has put music first. He backed out of a movie role when a change in the filming schedule caused an interference with the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.

Lorkovic’s tenure on the rhythm and blues and folk circuits has culminated in critically acclaimed solo recordings and numerous appearances with artists including Greg Brown, Richard Shindell, Dave Moore, Andy White and Bo Ramsey.

He tours the world regularly, appearing at events such as the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. He’s also played for “Prairie Home Companion.”

Bowers is “from Texas by way of Los Angeles, New Mexico and most points in between,” and he eventually landed on the shores of Lake Superior. With fiddle in hand, he took the stage at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua and has been with the Blue Canvas Orchestra ever since.

He’s gathered countless credits and performances, film and television scores, including “Beneath the North Atlantic,” which was nominated for an Emmy.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 day of show. To reserve tickets, visit www.crossingsatcarnegie.com, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Ave. in Zumbrota.

If you go...

Who: Ronny Cox

When: 7 p.m. Thursday May 8

Where: Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota

Cost: $20 in advance, $23 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or www.crossingsatcarnegie.com

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