Ralston BowlesRalston - the Godfather of the West Michigan acoustic scene.

"Mr. Tuesday Night," as he is affectionatly known after his founding of the Tuesday Evening Music Club at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, is a star in the Grand Rapids area. He can be found strumming his mandolin at the Fulton Street Farmers Market near his home or opening for bigs such as Willie Nelson or Bob Dylan. He can also be found pedaling gracefully along the paths and city streets in his Tour II.

In his music, Ralston covers a lot of hard ground because he's been there himself. In 2009, he was diagnosed with colon cancer, had surgery, and began the journey that thousands of others like him have taken through chemotheraphy.

At the start of 2011, Ralston was completing his chemotherapy. The treatments left him drained, and the winter was hard. But in the spring, he got the OK from him doctor to do more challenging physical activity. That's when he contacted Jeff Yonker, marketing director at TerraTrike. Soon, Ralston was fitted for his Tour II, decked out with a rack that would come to hold his specially outfitted guitar case. He got out riding, and the heavy weights of the winter were lifted. Ralston rediscovered his muse riding his TerraTrike. He was his old self again.

"This was a turning point for me. I was trying to find a new normal, and getting out on my TerraTrike really helped me do that."

For more on Ralston's music, tour dates, and events, visit his website.


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