Ronald R. Carter (aka Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate and RRR Carter) was born near the shores of Lake Michigan. He spent his formative years in Madison, Wisconsin listening to The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Roger McGuinn’s “Jolly Roger”, and writing his first lyrics. He played in several rock bands with his friends Bennett and Steve. While attending the University of Wisconsin he met his future partner and matey April Tuck.
The next port o’ call was Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to create displays for CBS Records of Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, The Bangles, George Michael, World Party and others at various music retailers in Philly and South Jersey. Subsequent ports included Charlotte, North Carolina and Alexandria, Virginia doing Radio Promotion for Chrysalis and EMI Records getting airplay and handling interviews and meet-n-greets for Jethro Tull, Pat Benatar, Sinead O’Connor, Was (Not Was), Gang Starr, Queensryche, Jon Secada, Slaughter, D’Angelo, Milla, Jeffrey Gaines, Arrested Development and others. A highlight from this period was meeting his hero Paul McCartney.
But New England was beckoning as April and Ron sailed to Vermont and the shores of Lake Champlain. There he became a Smuggler – starting his career at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. From Ticket sales and Snow Report duty (including guest-blogging on Hugh’s Blog), he moved to Entertainment.
He performed in a classic rock duo called Jeffersonville Airplane with his friend Greg. He discovered a knack for writing kids songs and invented the character of the Friendly Pirate. In addition to the Resort, he has performed at libraries, schools, events, and special occasions throughout the northeastern U.S. and Canada. He has released three albums of Pirate Music and Sea Songs for Kids, and Kids at Heart, me hearties! Through online services, his music has been heard and purchased around the world.
In November 2017, he released a children’s book based on the title track of his album The Flying Pirate Circus, with illustrations by Nat Reed. It also features selected lyrics from all three of his albums with character drawings to match. The book was designed by Carrie Cook.
Ron and April live with their four-legged friends in an old Vermont farmhouse.