About Beacon Agency

Beacon Agency is Ronald Martinez. Ronald started working with blues musicians in 1972 as the first manager of Roomful of Blues. After introducing the band to business procedures and assisting in career direction, band member Greg Piccolo assumed management in 1973. In 1980 Ronald resumed management of Duke Robillard who had left Roomful to become a member of Robert Gordon’s "Wildcats" (which included late great guitarist Danny Gatton, and the talented rhythm section of bassist Tony Garnier and drummer Shannon Ford).

Beacon’s accomplishments with Duke included: releasing Duke’s first recording under his own name on Ronald’s own WHAM! label, the 45 of "Let Me Love You" b/w "Sleeping On It"; arranging a national tour in 1983, the centerpiece of the tour being an appearance at the San Francisco Blues Festival; the release of two albums on Rounder Records with the Pleasure Kings (Thom Enright and Tom DeQuattro), considered by some as Duke’s finest original offerings; booking Duke’s first European tour in 1984; and culminating with the placement of Duke at the 1985 Montreux Jazz-Blues Festival. In September of 1985, Duke left Beacon Agency when his wife assumed management of his career.

From September 1985 to March 1986 Ronald worked with North Star Records putting together the first serious business behind the since nationally acclaimed Cheryl Wheeler, now recording for Philo/Rounder Records.

From March 1986 until September 1989, Ronald managed blues-rockers Young Neal & The Vipers. Young Neal is now recording for King Snake Records, and performing for audiences worldwide.

Beacon Agency, through it's label Wham Records, is presently spotlighting the talents of a variety of artists, including Tony Scheuren, Barbeque Bob and the music of The Whompers.





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