CAMP STREET CAFÉ
Tune into the Camp
Street Cafe & Store Music hour.
Every Saturday morning at 8:30 on KIVY 92.7 FM
All shows start at 8:00 PM unless otherwise mentioned
|New reservation policy at Camp Street Cafe.
Reservations will guarantee the reservation holder a seat,
but not a specific seat. Seating will be general admission,
first come first serve, with doors opening at 7:00pm
From the East Texas backwoods, Country Willie Edwards brings songs of
trains, women, honky tonks, and the unknown. Some call him a recluse,
many consider him folk legend.
A farmer by trade who rarely ventures into the city, Country Willie is a
man from another time and place. Born on an island in the pines, he grew
up leading hymns in front of a small rural baptist congregation and as a
teenager played the East Texas opry circuit. Now playing venues around
Texas and the south, Willie is garnering attention as a true Texas
songwriter. Known for epic live sets both solo and alongside rotating
band members, he writes and records all his own music.
With hundreds of original songs to his credit, it has been said that no
other artist can write about simpler times, life on other planets,
freedom, and salvation in a way that leaves you believing in all of it.
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
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.
Bio coming soon
Grady was born in San Diego, California, raised in Houston, Texas, and currently lives in Marshall, Texas. Grady began playing music professionally in the 1960's, with musical influences: early rock and roll, traditional folk music, Texas singer-songwriters, and western music performers.
During his more than 50 year musical career, he worked nine years at the George Ranch Historical Park, in Richmond, Texas, as the resident cowboy singer. Grady has performed over 200 Western history educational programs, at schools all around Texas, over an eighteen year period. He also carried an original 1870's chuck wagon for these presentations. Grady performed 13 nights at the Louisiana State Fair with his chuck wagon. Grady has performed at more than fifty festival and fairs around Texas. He has performed in public venues from Beaumont to El Paso and Texarkana to Corpus Christi.