NoCo: The Ron Muga Project

From a sea boiling with the schizophrenic rip tides of musicians like The Beatles, Miles
Davis, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, The Strokes and The Flying Burrito Brothers, the
acclaimed NoCountry emerged onto the shores of musical evolution with the steadfast
intention of gleaning the soul using the fantastic enterprises of the flesh. Sticking his finger
in pies in cities and shady hamlets across the country, Ron Muga, the hub of the Noco
wheel, has pushed and pulled, torn and twisted, caressed and deconstructed, just about
every musical genre that can claim ancestral lineage to American Roots. As a full-time
moonlighter in New York in his early twenties, Muga assumed the varying duties of guitar,
drums, bass, mandolin, lead vocals, harmonica, and engineer in more bands,
configurations and Rube Goldberg inventions than can be named. Most prominently,
perhaps, was the bluegrass/alt-country/rock outfit, Northern Comfort, which he co-founded
in New Jersey with Brian Murray. When the love a good woman called Murray away to the
more subdued life of marriage, Muga stayed the course, a course that eventually led him to
the mountains of Colorado where he found the spice of jam/experimental/blues rock to
add to the aural concoction. It was in Colorado in the early 2000's where his collaboration
with lyricist (and indie filmmaker) Joseph Christiana took hold. The duo dubbed the
experimental project The Prosthetic Head Shop. Armed with a view of the majestic
Colorado Peaks, a warm four-track recorder, and Christiana's celestial word
combinations, Muga obsessively churned out song after song (playing all instruments on
the recordings). Some of those Colorado gems remain in the NoCountry repertoire to this
day, almost ten years later. The gleeful sun of San Diego was the natural next step in the
Muga Westward Progression. Among the beaches, cafes,taco shops, and zen trickster
hipster hippies of the incomparable Ocean Beach, Muga hosted a rotating cast of
Prosthetic characters (Tim Hines and Dave Salemi among them), while simultaneously
contributing to the San Diego musical phenom The Bad Apples, a hipster garage-rock
band that shook the foundations of such legendary clubs as The Casbah and The
Kensington. All the while, Muga was busy building an impressive body of songs, now
incorporating acoustic-folk into his aesthetic sphere. He recorded his first bonafide NoCo
album at the renowned indie-label Earthling Studios in 2005 with the brilliant Mike Kamoo
producing. Though the release lacked proper promotion, Muga enjoyed a burgeoning
following and performed regularly in local clubs including the lauded Winston's in OB,The
Kensington Club,The Knitting Factory L.A,The Casbah,The Cavern and many others
through out the west coast. All roads lead home eventually and Muga is currently back in
the northeast. He's hidden somewhere on the dirty streets of New York, like a madman,
recording a new collection of brand spanking new tunes. The current NoCountry lineup
includes the talented musicians,Josh Benus,Ed Mitchell(bass), Matt Johnson, Jeff
Lambert jr., Bob Hoffner and many others.The new members bring a diverse background
to the table and the new "conditions" are sure to influence the ever-evolving sounds of
Muga's NoCountry. Already the first single, Human, is garnering overwhelmingly
enthusiastic response on Internet Radio and is currently in rotation on several college
stations in the NY metro area. Occasionally the muse lets Muga out of the studio on
furlough and you can find him testing out new songs, as well as performing time-tested
gems from his library, in the nooks and crannies of Manhattan.