When he first started out, Ron Handy of Montgomery was a passionate musician, embarking on a career in which he could do what he loved, every day -- perform, write, teach and record music.
He had known since his youth that he was a descendant -- the great-nephew -- of blues legend W.C. Handy.
For many people aspiring to success in the music world, that might be an easy calling card to pull out.
Not so for Ron Handy, who for more than 20 years at Alabama State University has taught music students in session, consulted with various music bands at the university and is currently the recording technician.
In addition to his work at ASU (also his alma mater), Handy is a noted performer, a multiinstrumentalist who has shared the stage with greats such as Wynton Marsalis, Alicia Keys, Patti Labelle and others.