|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
Gordons "Wildcats" (which included late great guitarist Danny
Gatton, and the talented rhythm section of bassist Tony Garnier and
drummer Shannon Ford).
Beacons accomplishments with Duke included:
releasing Dukes first recording under his own name on Ronalds 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 Dukes finest
original offerings; booking Dukes 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.