Ralph has been playing music and touring now for over 40 years. In the 90s he played fiddle in the bluegrass/cow-punk band The Bad Livers. His solo music is influenced by blues, country, and Appalachian and West African folksongs. He switches between fretless banjo, fiddle, accordion, and kalimba (African thumb piano).
He's played with Michael Hurley, Jandek and Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth).