For an evening with an award-winning troubadour that will give you the live music experience of a lifetime, consider Tony Ramey. Texas CMA Independent Artist of the Year, Multi-Gold and Platinum Award Winning Songwriter, Scholar, Troubadour, Poet, Composer, Musician, and friend of the common folk...
Price Range: $500 and up
Gig Length: 50 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
Tony Ramey singing songs and storytelling in a locale of your choice, whether a living room, back yard, or a packed theater/venue of your choosing! What an evening of true entertainment awaits your guests! From an artist's artist that has written for the household names of country
Tony Ramey grew up in West Virginia on Bluegrass and Bill Withers; found Willie, Waylon, Cash, and Kristofferson at eleven, who fueled an already firy passion to write songs; then he heard Steve Earle whose songs convinced him to move to "Guitar Town" (Nashville) to hone his craft. He would eventually leave for Texas when the road called him out again...
Somewhere in the middle of his Gold and Platinum records as an award-winning songwriter, he garnered a Master's degree in Literature, and taught at colleges and universities part-time while working on his PhD, He said "[t]he great poets kept me sharp...Grounded in the craft and discipline of writing."
With his release of Soul Survivor, featuring a duet with the iconic Willie Nelson (also a new fan of his music), Ramey still has the respect of industry folk, and is growing his audience with his undeniable prowess as a singer/songwriter. His tour schedule and his passion for performing live prove that he prefers the troubadour life-style. Between shows he enjoys the solace of his writer's getaway where he says he can "be alone with nature, his thoughts, and the eternal spring of the Art Spirit." Ramey has spent much of his music career flying below the radar, until now.
Ramey's first Gold Record came out of the frustrations of commerciali -sm. “I Don’t Want this Song to End” was a response to his first publisher’s new “rules” about songwriting: No ballads, definitely no waltzes, and no songs over four minutes. Tom Collins, Country Music publisher and producer icon, was Ramey’s first go ‘round with Nashville’s Music Row: “Tom was a great song man and an even better psychologist. He knew us writer’s well enough to know we wouldn’t be told what to do. I think he just wanted to ruffle our feathers so we would go in a room and write something great, and stop following the formula.”
Ramey aspired to follow in the footsteps of Guy Clarke, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and other outlaws who flew below the mass media radar: "It's easy to get consumed by the hype and sparkle and neon of that town, but I came from the mountains, where you learn that everything man creates is superficial, talk is cheap, and stars fall as regular as acorns off the tree. I learned a lot, but I took a lot of what Nashville had to offer with a grain of salt."
Ramey admits that his project Spirit of Hank and the Heart of James Dean is out at a strange time. He says of contemporary music and the state of the industry, "We live in an age when the album is obsolete, the song is incidental to the artist's brand, and artists seem only as popular as their pockets are deep. But I still make music the way I want to make it. There are opportunities out there for Indie's these days, so all is not lost; we just have to work a little harder for a little less. Nobody told me this life would be easy, and I don't mind the sweat." With songs like "The Spirit of Hank and the Heart of James Dean," “This Ain’t No Country,” ”Ramblers,” "Pocatalico," "Almost Had Me There," “Ain’t Gettin’ Anywhere," "Lonely Heart," and "Good Kinda Crazy," If you haven't heard of Tony Ramey, once you hear him, you'll wonder why.
Additional Booking Notes
Sound can be provided upon request
Past Booked Events
|July 29, 2017 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||Lasalle's Steakhouse - Cotulla,Tx|
|July 22, 2017 • 7:30pm - 10:00pm||Puckett's Franklin - Franklin,TN|
|July 15, 2017 • 8:30pm - 10:00pm||Woodyfest - Okemah, Ok|
|July 13, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Joe's Place - Green Hills, TN|
|July 07, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||White Elephant - Ft. Worth, Tx|
|June 26, 2017 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||El Patio Escondido - Van Alstyne, TX|
|June 24, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Bo's Barn - Temple, Tx|
|June 23, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Camp Street Cafe & Store - Crockett, TX|
|June 22, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Phinesse Winery - Sulphur Springs|
|June 16, 2017 • 8:00pm - 9:30pm||Puckett's - Murfreesboro, TN|
|June 15, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Joe's Place - Green Hills, TN|
|June 11, 2017 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm||Country Roads & County Lines - Dallas|
|June 10, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||In The Music Room - Waxahachie|
|June 06, 2017 • 8:00pm - 9:30pm||Fiddlestrings|
Provided upon request
Influences & Inspiration
Eclectic is the best I can do as the influences are too vast and never ending
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