Ron has been playing his guitar and singing songs in front of live audiences since his late teens back in the Netherlands - as he's one of three brothers and three sisters growing up in a musical family (with instrumental and vocal musical expressions filling the household in Indonesia and back in the Netherlands). So when he started his band Sexy Lexy in his early twenties - and toured the country and surroundings full-time - it all felt very natural to him playing live music (most of which was written by Ron Nater and his musical partner Ron Witte) in front of a live audience.
After his continental European touring with Sexy Lexy Ron moved to England in 1976 where he made the occasional music with friends in the local pubs in Northern London and St. Albans - all based on the then locally very popular reggae (with Bob Marley living in London at the same time).
In 1979 Ron moved to Toronto, Canada where he started his family (another bunch of musical folks with his wife, son and two daughters). So, other then making the occasional music at home he left the live touring band life behind for a while to be with his growing family.
However, the live music finally caught up with Ron again when the children were old enough for him to join the band life again. So, in the early nineties he started Dutch Dutch with another guitar player/singer (eventually his brother Martin), a bass player and a drummer (and later on a separate lead singer as the band was renamed the Nater brothers) while playing popular rock 'n pop 'n country tunes at shows in Toronto, Kitchener and St. Catharines.
In 2003 Ron joined the Grayceful Daddies (shortly thereafter renamed Rhythm 'n Blue), a bluesy ensemble of Toronto based musical veterans regularly playing their tunes in the popular downtown Toronto area blues and jazz clubs.
With the disbandment of Rhythm 'n Blue in 2005 Ron formed Rising Tide with Pauline Nault (who'd regularly guested with Rhythm 'n Blue) on lead vocals, her husband Don Loney on the bass, Don's friend Brian McDowell on vocals and rhythm guitar and Bruce Stolz on the drums.
This was followed by the Ron Nater band in 2006 - with which Ron toured the Toronto area clubs and music festivals for quite a few years - joined by Don and Brian of Rising Tide and drummer Peter Griffin (who left the band shorty after as Carl Spiteri took his seat). Paul Zurin joined a little later on the keys and backing vocals. Brian left the band for a while to return a few years later - with Richard Mattson taking his place in the meantime on guitar and harmonica (as you can hear) plus saxophone and vocals.
Many gifted musicians have made their guest appearances with the Ron Nater band such as Andrew Borkowski on keys / vocals, Robert Davis on vocals / guitar / harmonica and Neil Kitagawa on the saxophone (all three ex-Rhythm 'n Blue colleagues) and Pauline Nault of Rising Tide on vocals. Later Paul Beaulieu replaced Carl Spiteri on the drums as Mark Villmann replaced Don Loney on the bass - with guest appearances by Eric Walker on keys and vocals. For a short while Pat Greisberg joined on lead guitar and vocals.
Ron also played with other bands from 2009 to 2011 (while touring with the Ron Nater band) such as Grey Matters and Gardiner Westbound.