Ralph played trumpet in grade school and high school, and began playing electric guitar when his parents bought him one for Christmas out of a catalog. He says he “played until his fingers bled,” jamming with friends at every chance.
In 2003, while playing in a church band, he met drummer Tim Lewis and guitarist Muno Wahab (of Jaded Poet Band), and they formed a Christian rock band called Spoken Truth.
In 2011, Ralph and Paul Sullivan began playing at Tipper’s Inn once a month, inviting anyone to sit in. Soon Ed and Greg joined them, Paul moved on, and Jeff, and later Diane, joined the group to form what they now call Flat Broke Band