The Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce opens its 2017 Music in the Park concert season on Tuesday, May 23, when it brings platinum- and gold-record award winning songwriter Tony Ramey to downtown’s Dorothy Fielder (gazebo) Park.


Tony, a Texan-by-choice, has had such country music icons as George Strait, Alabama, Ray Price, Aaron Watson, John Michael Montgomery, Craig Morgan, and others record his songs. Most recently, it’s been Moe Bandy who recorded Tony’s “Broken Bones,” a rodeo song from the perspective in the classic Moe Bandy country genre about how broken hearts don’t mend as quickly as broken bones. The late Ray Price recorded his final album, “Beauty Is…,” with only two new songs on it, one of them being Tony’s “There’s No More Songs To Sing.” There are stories like that to most of his songs, and he shares those stories about how his songs went from an obscure idea into a final, and in some cases, hit song.


Now, it’s again Van Alstyne’s turn to give an ear to Tony Ramey’s talents.


It’s the Hilton Garden Inn of Denison who is the primary sponsor for this first Music in the Park. Other series sponsors are Texas Star Bank and Premier Pawn. There will be a community organization, too, on board to provide more information on what all they accomplish.


And, to top that off, Whistlestop Café will offer a special, picnic-style menu with its wait staff on hand at the park to take orders.


Or, if patrons wish, guests can bring their own ice chests and drinks, but without any alcoholic beverages, since this is a city park.


Following this May concert with Tony Ramey, Music in the Park offers more. June 27 will have Scott Sean White and Big Joe Walker on the gazebo stage; July 26 it’s The Bodarks string band; and August. 15 will feature the blues sounds of the Big Gus Samuelson trio.


Concerts run from 6:30-8 p.m. each of the designated Tuesday nights, there’s never a cover charge, and all bands provide only family-friends music.


For more information, call the Chamber office at 903-482-6066.


And for more on Tony Ramey, visit TonyRamey.com