Tony Ramey has always got his sights, plans, and ambitions on the next project. Expect to see him live playing at the next Music in the Park, which will be from 6:30-8 p.m. on the Rail Car Stage, South Main and East Marshall in downtown Van Alstyne.
This concert is the third in the series of four concerts, all produced by the Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce with help from several sponsors.
In case of rain, that’s where the concert will be held, at Jafar’s Mediterranean Grill on East Marshall Street.
Ramey is a long-time and recording singer and songwriter who was originally from West Virginia. He then made his home in Nashville for many years while writing songs for the major stars to record. He’s now a Texan, living in Greenville.
Ramey’s first gold record came after John Michael Montgomery took his “I Don’t Want this Song To End” to the top in 1998. One of Ramey’s best tales is the story of how that song came about. His songs, either solo- or co-written, have been recorded by George Strait, Ray Price (on the late Price’s last recording project, released after Price’s death), Craig Morgan, Trisha Yearwood, Doug Stone, Jason Meadows, Aaron Watson, Alabama, Moe Bandy, and so many others.
He’s even had one song, “Dreamin’ Enough To Get Me By,” that was given a bluegrass flair and recorded by Edgar Loudermilk, and another, “Scars,” learned and performed by Miranda Lambert, although she hasn’t recorded it yet. A video her performance of “Scars” on YouTube has received 645,000 views.
Most recently, Ramey co-wrote “Any Night In Texas” with Jon Wolfe. Wolfe recorded and released it, and that song is now No. 6 on the Texas Regional Radio chart, and has been on that chart for 14 weeks. It’s also on the Spotify, Apple Music, and other such music sites.
Ramey’s projects include helping other, aspiring songwriters to meet their goals; recording his songs and those of his college-bound daughter, Savannah, who just received a music scholarship to Schreiner College in Kerrville; preparing for his next “Country Roads and County Lines” Facebook concerts, private for those who are members of the TR Club; and being a dad and husband to his supportive family. All the while, he’s writing songs, and at this point that number is probably up to about 5,000, give or take a few, written over the last two decades.
Music in the Park is held on the same day of the week as the Railcar Farmers Market. The farmers market is held weekly and the concerts held on the third Tuesday of each month.
At the July concert, the chamber will bring out its cornhole game boards, provide free hot dogs while they last, have a few water guns available for the kids to cool themselves and each other off, and host a bubble gum bubble-blowing contest. That will be divided into elementary school and middle school age groups, with prizes given for the largest bubbles blown. Texas Star Bank provides cold bottled water.
Lawn chairs and umbrellas against the sun are suggested. Ice chests are allowed. The event is free.
To learn more about Tony Ramey, visit TonyRamey.com