Tony Ramey @ McGonigel's Mucky Duck, Houston [18 August]

Tony Ramey

21:30 - 23:00

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McGonigel's Mucky Duck
2425 Norfolk St, Houston, Texas 77098
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…

Currently he tours the US and Texas, where he has been named 2016's Independent Artist of the Year by the Texas Country Music Association.

With the latest release Soul Survivor, featuring a duet with the iconic Willie Nelson (also a new fan of his music), Ramey is still grabbing the attention of industry people, and growing his audience by leaps and bounds because of his undeniable prowess as a singer/songwriter, and his passion for playing live. There is no doubt he prefers the troubadour life-style, and the solace of his writer's getaway between shows where he says he can «be alone with nature, his thoughts, and the eternal spring of the Art Spirit.» So until now, Ramey spent much of his music career flying below the radar, but his recent touring schedule and album releases are getting noticed.

Ramey’s first Gold Record came out of the frustrations of commercialism. “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 Tony’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.”

From the beginning of his career as a songwriter, Tony felt as though he lived on the fringes of Nashville’s Music Row. He 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 took a lot of what Nashville had to offer with a grain of salt.”
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