Tom Kropewnicki started playing guitar as a hobby in his teens. In the 1970s Tom met Canadian singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Ronnie Fray. Fray had played with country legends such as Roy Clark, Buck Owens, George Jones, and Bobby Bare. Fray was a favorite of Tammy Wynette whom would only use Ronnie as her front show whenever possible. Fray got Tom to listen to some of Ron’s favorite artists such as Delbert McClinton, Gram Parsons, John Prine, Mickey Newbury and many others. In the 1980s Tom bought Barney’s Tavern which soon became the “hot spot” for local musicians. Fray and his band was the house band which included Bob Reilly, Dale Thomas, and Tommy Davis. Other musicians/bands played at Barney’s Tavern including The Chuck Bob Carnes Band, Larry Ballard, The Williams Family Blue Grass Group, Mark Swanson and his band Horsefeather, and local musicians including Tim Metzger and family members. Tom often had jam sessions at Barney’s where all musicians gathered and played music. Tom’s interest in music continued and he then started buying, selling, and collecting guitars for over 25 years. With Tom’s continued interest in music he gave his son, Dan Kropewnicki (Danny K) a set of drums who is now a professional drummer and resides in Key West continuing to play music. Tom continued to encourage other family members to surround themselves with music and of seven grandchildren, Olivia, has continued to remain engaged in playing the guitar, ukulele, mandolin, and flute. Tom’s goal is to enable people from all over to experience the joy that comes from music. In 2016 Tom felt there was a need for a local music store in the Howard City area committed to providing the best selection, prices, and friendliest service in the immediate area and to also provide lessons and repairs at a competitive price. After looking at many different locations he purchased the old Helping Hands building at 210 E. Edgerton, Howard City, MI in late 2016. The building was renovated and in April of 2017, 210 Music Row, Inc. was opened.
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