Ramey says he "came out of the hollows of West Virginia when he graduated from college with his Masters in English Literature," but those hollows shaped and molded him into who he would become as a songwriter. Most of his relatives were artisans of wood, canvas, and whatever instrument they picked up and held long enough to shake hands with--true Appalachians in their spiritual connection with the earth and its ancient story.
Music for Ramey was something that just happened at family gatherings where everyone played or sang, or at church meetings full of hymns painted by a cappella mountain voices desperate for the blood of Jesus. Although he wrote music, played, and sang in high school bands, Ramey never got the “fever” until he won a local contest with The Dixie Flyer Band, taking them to state finals in the True Value Hardware Country Showdown and winning $1000.
The win brought thousands of country music fans throughout the tri-state area (Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky) to recognize the “homegrown” talent. Ramey continued along the musical path opening for every major act booked in the area (Dan Seals, Billy Ray Cyrus, Merle Haggard, Clay Walker, Brooks and Dunn, and the list goes on and on) and gaining a reputation as the hottest local singer in the Tri-State.
Having garnered four gold and two platinum albums and a Broadcast Music Incorporated airplay award, Tony Ramey relocated to Texas after his Nashville stint on Music Row writing songs for Trisha Yearwood, Doug Stone, George Strait, and a host of other Country Music icons.
Through his R&B, Americana, and singer-songwriter style, Ramey began getting album credits on household name artists not seven months after moving to Music City, and still has legendary artists who are fans today rummaging for songs through his catalog of more than 3500 works. The vibrant landscapes and live music scene of Texas called him out on the road with an independent record label in 2011, and he has toured all over the US for the last 10 years, stopping at theaters and listening rooms everywhere.
His songwriting is rivaled only by his vocal prowess and raw energy on stage. From acoustic solo act to front man for his own ensemble—"Contraband"—Ramey commands audiences wherever he goes, and creates an unforgettable experience for ticket buyers who want to hear a true craftsman in his wheelhouse.
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Gary Allegretto is the current International Western Music Association (IWMA) Performer of the Year. Western Horseman Magazine raves; “Gary's music transcends genres, generations and cultural barriers, yet is so professional, engaging and core to the cowboy that listeners can’t help but want to ride along a while longer and discover something new in a song.” Not only is Gary the best harmonica player you will likely ever hear, he is a remarkable singer, songwriter, guitarist and a
masterful entertainer who seamlessly crosses over the Blues and Cowboy music genres. His talents have also earned him Blues and Folk Grammy nominations, an Academy of Western Artist (AWA) Will Rogers Award, a "Best of the West" award, and a Blues Foundation "Keeping the Blues Alive” award. His songs have reached the #1 spot on the Western Music radio charts as well as topped the Blues radio charts. His music is featured in major motion picture soundtracks. Gary’s engaging and often laugh-out-loud songs tell stories drawn from his rich and diverse life experience in the West (including ranch hand, forest firefighter as a USFS Hotshot, and bouncer in a couple of rough honky-tonks). Don’t miss him! www.garyallegretto.com
"Pure entertainment, Gary is a gift to Western music, raising the bar high for quality and professionalism. Drawing on the deep roots of the blues and cowboy music, the traditional and original tunes shine with originality and impressive talent. Rich with varied musical artistry and inspired lyrics, the recording offers humor, adventure, history, matters of the heart, and more.
_~ Margo Metegrano, The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry _
“Ultimately, Gary Allegretto’s Blues on the Trail comes across as a set of songs grounded in both reflection and days gone by - kind of Zane Grey filtered through Robert Johnson - a fantastical campfire serenade for restless souls who can only dream about the trail coming to its end.”
~ Lee Zimmerman, Living Blues Magazine