Music from Lewis Avenue

Posted at 10:51 AM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 12:53:04-04

BILLINGS - Another group feeling the strain of COVID-19 measures is musicians.

One man is still playing, but in a place you might not expect.

Lately, if you’re downtown in the evenings, you might be able to hear a guitar.

That guitar belongs to Ron Garritson of the Elk River Band.

A former drummer, Garritson picked up a guitar and, with a little help from a friend, never put it back down.

Nightly, he has been playing classics on his front porch for neighbors, passerbys and traffic to enjoy. His gigs have all been canceled or postponed due to the virus.

He plays everything from Johnny Cash, to country, Elvis, The Beatles, and especially Badfinger.

"It’s hard for me to pick a favorite song, because every song I play is my favorite," Garritson said.

Weather permitting, a few hours of familiar tunes in the heart of downtown brings a smile to those safe at home.

"Music is therapuetic, even if you’re feeling in your worst shape, mindset or whatever, you hear music playing all of the sudden it calms you down, it picks you up, it reminds you of a time in your life somewhere way back, especially if it is a song that was your favorite song back then," Garritson said.

Garritson says he will continue to play as long as this goes on from around 4-7:30 p.m.