Photo by Aspen Green.
Ronstadt Record Company recording artist Don Armstrong is celebrating 50 years on the road playing his guitar & five string banjo and has been hailed as the “real deal” & a world class songwriter, according to musicians & critics nationwide. The Arizona Daily Star recently referred to him as “a consummate songwriter,” while elsewhere in Southern Arizona he has been described as “one of Tucson's genuine treasures,” going on to say “his precision, voice & performance are a delight.” For forty-two years he was half the nationally acclaimed duo Don & Victoria Armstrong with ten cds to their credit. But since Victoria’s passing in 2014, Don has carried on, and his first solo CD effort, “Mother Don’t Give Up On Me Now” is now available. Besides fronting his own band, “Don Armstrong & The Whiskeyalians,” Don has shared the bill with Ian Tyson, John Hartford, Michael Nesmith, Utah Phillips, Peter Rowan, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Laura Nyro, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Aztec Two Step and Kenny Rankin, and his songs have been recorded nationwide.
"Don is versatile and covers a lot of ground musically. He sings with an inherent sweetness and ability to sing seamless lines, the sign of a master singer...a folk treasure." -Daily Times
"Impeccable flat picking and banjo work...the Armstrong take on Western & non-Western imagery is unique and loved by the adventurously broadminded."
-Rick Huff; Rope Burns
"Don gets it right. His songs have a sense of positiveness and romanticism which leaves one feeling good. Uplifting. That's what music is for."
-Erik Darling (The Weavers)
"Both message & mood, sound & sense blended together perfectly."
-Joseph Bruchac; KITE
"Don's voice has the smoothness & flexibility that could allow him to sing almost any kind of music."
-Luke Baldwin; KITE
"Don's terrific storytelling through song is one of Tucson's genuine treasures."