Ronnie Penque

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Ronnie Penque
Ronnie Penque, wearing blue jeans and a jacket and leaning against a wooden fence
Background information
Born (1962-03-23) March 23, 1962 (age 61)
Years active1978–present

Ronnie Penque (born March 23, 1962) is a bassist, singer and songwriter who has been working in the music industry for over 30 years.[1] He has been the bassist for the country rock band New Riders of the Purple Sage since 2005.[2][3][4]

The New Riders emerged from the psychedelic rock scene in San Francisco, California in 1969. The band originally included members of the Grateful Dead including Phil Lesh and Jerry Garcia. Penque was also lead singer and bass player for Melvin Seals and JGB. Melvin Seals is the keyboard player for the original Jerry Garcia Band. For the last 30 years Penque has worked other New York area bands including Ripple, Stir Fried and Splintered Sunlight out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

When not working with NRPS Ronnie is busy with his other bands, the Ronnie Penque Band and the Penque-Diomede Band,[5] or doing session work. On November 2, 2010, Penque released his first solo album, titled Only Road Home, on Bayland Records.[6][7] In 2018 Penque founded Panama Dead, a band dedicated to the music of the New Riders of the Purple Sage.[8][9][10]



  1. ^ Ronnie Penque at AllMusic. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  2. ^ "Bios", New Riders of the Purple Sage. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  3. ^ Brown, Corey (January 26, 2010). "Ronnie Penque", No Treble. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  4. ^ Collette, Doug (October 8, 2014). "New Riders of the Purple Sage at the Rusty Nail", All About Jazz. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  5. ^ Hone, Tim (August 10, 2016). "Deadheads Break Bread at Gateway", The SandPaper. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  6. ^ Robbins, Brian. (November 19, 2010) "Taking the Only Road Home with Ronnie Penque", Retrieved December 22, 2010
  7. ^ Robbins, Brian. (November 29, 2010) Only Road Home review, Retrieved December 22, 2010
  8. ^ Hodgson, Sarah (August 8, 2018). "Panama Dead, New Riders Tribute Band, To Debut in Tuckerton". The SandPaper. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  9. ^ Biese, Alex (January 29, 2019). "Jerry Garcia Legacy Lives with New Riders of the Purple Sage Tribute Panama Dead". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Price, Robert (February 28, 2019). "Next Best Thing to New Riders". New Jersey Herald. Retrieved March 2, 2019.

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