Ball & Chain



LucindaWhen she was 15, a friend loaned her a guitar and taught her 4 chords. She learned 10 songs and started playing out in restaurants in Lexington, Virginia where she grew up in Rockbridge County. It was a ripe pocket of time for music in Southwest Virginia in the ‘70’s. Playing at the White Column Inn she got to sit in with the likes of James Leva and Al Tharp or Purgatory Mountain, Tommy Grimm, John Vita, and others who blended old time music with rock. Going to college for theatre atHelp Wanted VCU in Richmond she continued to help support herself playing out and eventually ended up in New York pursuing a career as an actor and singer. After a stint singing on a cruise ship, she answered an ad in the Village Voice; “Wanted—singer for a rock/pop band”, where she met her husband Jon Piro—bass player and chief songwriter. Smooth move, Jon. Their band Ransom played around New York City, Long Island and New Jersey before it went the way of too many bands—down the Hudson. The couple moved south, had a couple of kids, went to graduate school, and somehow ended up back in the mountains in Radford, Virginia. Lucinda still acts from time to time, teaches acting and playwriting. Her produced and published plays include “Feeding On Mulberry Leaves”, “O’Keeffe!”, and can be found at

Lucinda & Jon


JonJon grew up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Although he listened to a lot of Motown growing up—as that was what his older brother played —he didn’t realize he wanted to be a musician until he was in his early 20’s. “It wasn’t seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show (although I did), but by watching a band I can’t remember in a bar I can’t remember and saying to myself, ‘I want to do that!’ So you pick up a guitar, take some lessons and then find out you enjoy putting a melody with words. The song is born.” He met some guys who had formed a copy band, One Trak Mind, who needed a bass player—so he learned the bass. Although a great time, he wanted to form a band to do the original songs that were simply pouring out of him at an incredible rate, and so he set out to form an original rock band. One night he heard a band play that had an amazing guitarist still in his teens. He convinced Eamon Ireland to join him, and with drummer Wayne Pionzo they formed Tongue N Groove since all them were making money one way or the other as carpenters and painters. Eventually they realized they needed a front man and put in ad out in the Village Voice. They ended up with a front girl, Lucinda, who was a little offended by the name Tongue N Groove—and convinced the guys to change it to Ransom. The band played the NYC/NJ/Long Island circuit for several years before breaking up. Jon and Lucinda, now married, headed south to have a couple of kids, but continued to make music as Ball & Chain.

Ball & Chain

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