Tales From the Tavern

Tales from the Tavern is an extraordinary concert series and community cultural program that brings together singer-songwriter-storytellers / authentic troubadours and an exceptional listening audience, in the intimate setting of an old roadhouse, to share in a journey of discovery through song and story.

Started in 2003, TFTT has hosted more than 150 concerts, involving more than 275 acclaimed artists, including Hall of Famers, National Medal of Arts recipients, cultural icons and underground heroes. Each concert is filmed and recorded, forming an extensive archive of performances and interviews.

Our Team


Ron Colone – Founder – Master of Sight and Sound

Ron Colone is the co-founder and co-producer of Tales from the Tavern. He is the President of Real Eyes Productions and the Executive Director of the Artist Advocacy Foundation, working to support artists, events and programs that aspire to inspire. Ron points to his years and miles on the road with Michael on Fire as the essential experience and training ground that prepared him to make Tales from the Tavern a great gig for artists, audiences and the venue-hosts alike.
Ron is the founder of the Music on the Green concert series and the co-founder of The McDowell Mountain Music Festival.
He is a columnist for the Santa Ynez Valley News, and the author of five books.

Carole Ann Colone

Carole Ann Colone – Founder

Carole Ann has had a passion for music perhaps forever, with an unconditional understanding of the power it has to bring forth emotion: to heal, love, excite and unite. Carole Ann is truly a renaissance person, having made her living doing many different things with the understanding of survival and responsibility. From working at Columbia records, Brass Ring Productions…she began producing at a very young age. Her love of music has taken her all over the world. She was a part of the rock opera Enoch, performed with Jango Edwards & Friends Roadshow, played congas and percussion with some Icons including Peter Green, Spencer Davis, Joe Lala, the LA rendition of Poco, and her most creative endeavor, with Michael On Fire.

Carole Ann moved to the Santa Ynez Valley, and together with her brother Ron, co-founder and co-producer of Tales from the Tavern, their hope was to create a great gig and another venue for the many people they knew who make their living on the road, the masters in their opinion, who needed a place to play, to keep working, with an audience that would embrace them and say “Yes”, what you do matters to us. Together they created Tales from the Tavern, a premier concert series in the Santa Ynez Valley.


Ian Palmer – Video Manager

Ian was born and raised in the Santa Ynez Valley. He graduated from Chico State University with a degree in communications and an emphasis in media arts. Ian moved back to Santa Ynez and founded Inspired Emotion LLC. Inspired Emotion is on a mission to inspire individuals to take action in their lives and be positive role models for others. Ian’s dad, being a musician, instilled a love for music in Ian, so being a part of Tales from the Tavern was a perfect fit.

Bob Helman

Bob Helman – Mastering Engineer

Bob has pursued a dual career in engineering and music.   His career in engineering spans over 40 years in aerospace ranging from design to company vice president.  He studied engineering and mathematics at both Purdue University and Cal-State Long Beach where he earned a BS cum laude.  Later, he received an MS from USC.

His 50+ year musical career includes folk singer, choral conductor, instructor in early wind instruments and for the last 17 years, mastering engineer at D’nA On-Site Recording/Trumpet Vine Sound, LLC which he and his son in law Terry Albrecht founded in 1998.

D’nA On-Site has been with TFTT from the beginning, recording every concert as well as mixing and mastering the audio for every CD and DVD released under the TFTT label.