Looking Forward To: Tyler Ramsey + Carl Broemel @ The Burl 2/19


via Dead Audio Blog

Tyler Ramsey (former lead guitarist and co-songwriter for Band of Horses) and Carl Broemel (guitarist of My Morning Jacket) are headed to The Burl this coming Tuesday, February 19th to kickoff their co-headlining 2019 Winter Duo Tour.

Touring in support of his upcoming album For the Morning due out April 5th, Ramsey has honed his signature sound, weaving elements of Rock, Folk and Country to create an album that focuses on change and balance, something every touring musician has to come to terms with at some point in their career.

Filled with expert guitar work, twinkling pianos and wistful, nostalgic lyrics, For the Morning finds Ramsey yearning for his peaceful, family-centric life at home in Asheville, NC., all while questioning the Rock n’ Roll lifestyle that comes with being a part of a household, Grammy-nominated outfit like Band of Horses. This is perhaps best illustrated on the catchy lead track “A Dream of Home” (available for listening below). All this translates to album that is both meditative, soulful and full of depth and beauty, all while reinforcing Ramsey as one of Americana’s most gifted songwriters.


Released in late 2018, Carl Broemel is still on the road showcasing his fourth solo album Wished Out, a guitar-shredding, vocal-heavy record that features several tracks that wouldn’t be out of place on any MMJ venture, such as the opening track “Dark Matter”. On Wished Out, Broemel also seizes the opportunity separate himself from the band with slower, acoustic-driven tracks like “Starting From Scratch” with simple structures that make for perfect crowd sing-alongs.

The 2019 Winter Duo Tour is a short run of shows that will pair two of the best Americana/Folk artists for a special night of meaningful tunes, however I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a few guitar-heavy barnburners throughout the sets.


2019 Winter Duo Tour
Tyler Ramsey + Carl Broemel
The Burl - Lexington, KY
February 19, 2019

LexGo! Winter Duo Tour Comes to The Burl


via Kentucky.com

8 p.m. Feb. 19 at The Burl, 375 Thompson Rd. $15. theburlky.com.

Here is an intriguing winter diversion — a pair of proven song stylists familiar to regional audiences through music made with their highly visible bands playing in a duo setting. That’s the premise for a week-long string of performances featuring guitarist Tyler Ramsey, formerly of the acclaimed North Carolina troupe Band of Horses, and fellow fret-man Carl Broemel of top Louisville rock export My Morning Jacket. Both artists have new but very different recordings to promote.

Ramsey will be previewing music from “For the Morning,” his first solo album since departing Band of Horses in 2017 and his fourth album overall. It’s a hushed, neo-country colored set of songs that sound summon early ‘70s Southern California introspection with a heavy Neil Young-meets-Eagles accent. It was recorded during sessions in a home studio constructed outside of Band of Horses’ Asheville, N.C., home base.

Curiously, Ramsey echoes some of the sounds Broemel designed on past records. But on “Wished Out,” the latter’s fourth and newest album, the mood shifts. While Broemel has said Southern California, especially a series of drives and hikes through Malibu, inspired one of the record’s highlight tunes, “Starting from Scratch,” much of the new music accelerates into a huge, bright and pop-worshiping electric drive that might catch fans of his previous solo albums (especially 2016’s fine “4th of July”) off guard. Broemel cut “Wished Out” with help from two of his MMJ bandmates, bassist Tom Blankenship and keyboardist Bo Koster.

Though essentially a co-headlining bill, Ramsey and Broemel will be very much a team when they play The Burl on Feb. 19. The two will collaborate on each other’s songs and serve up, as indicated on Ramsey’s website, “some special covers.”

Listen: Tyler Ramsey - 'A Dream Of Home'


via Clash Music

Former Band Of Horses guitarist Tyler Ramsey has shared rich, absorbing new solo cut 'A Dream Of Home'.

The talented multi-instrumentalist takes charge on the new solo offering, with new album 'For The Morning' landing on April 5th.

Shoots of Spring permeate new solo track 'A Dream Of Home', with subtle shades of Springsteen working alongside pastoral Americana.

It's a neat opening statement, driven by those opaque acoustic chords, and Ramsey's own yearning vocal.

"This album came about in the midst of a lot of change,” he comments. “The birth of my daughter, a move to the country, and the steady realisation that I needed to switch the road I was on in my life as a musician and songwriter. I tried to express and balance images of life as a constantly traveling and touring musician with the more connected life I live at home and the time I spend hiking in the mountains where I live."

Tune in now.


Ex Band Of Horses guitarist Tyler Ramsey announces solo record with lead track ““A Dream Of Home”


via The Line of Best Fit

Tyler Ramsey, the former lead guitarist of Band Of Horses, has announced his first solo record in eight years, alongside the lead single "A Dream Of Home".

Back in 2017, Ramsey closed the Band Of Horses chapter, alongside bassist bassist Bill Reynolds.

"A Dream Of Home" is the first taste of his new solo album For The Morning. On the new track, Ramsey shares, "Parts of this record were written on the road, back and forth and on airplanes and in hotels while traveling. Some of it comes from the endless touring and that feeling you get after a while of not knowing where you are, and longing for your home and child. A lot of people see the touring life as glamorous, but there are plenty of times where it’s hard to keep up. It becomes difficult to miss your family that much, and you want to be around your newborn child rather than sitting in a room ten hours away while knowing you won’t be home for three more weeks."

For The Morning is Ramsey's first solo record since 2011's The Valley Wind. Ramsey says, "This album came about in the midst of a lot of change. The birth of my daughter, a move to the country, and the steady realization that I needed to switch the road I was on in my life as a musician and songwriter. I tried to express and balance images of life as a constantly traveling and touring musician with the more connected life I live at home and the time I spend hiking in the mountains where I live."

Ramsey's new record is written and produced by himself, and features harmonies on various tracks from Joan Shelley, Thad Cockrell, and Molly Parden. After making the demos, he went to record the album at La La Land studios in Louisville, Kentucky.


From The Hills With Love


On Saturday, March 16th, 2019, Israel Nash once again swings open the gates to his Hill Country ranch to host the return of Plum Creek Sound Presents: Live From The Hills With Love. Now entering it's 4th year, Live from the Hills with Love presents performances from Israel Nash, Jonathan Tyler, E.B. The Younger, T. Hardy Morris, Tyler Ramsey, Carson McHone, Kyle Emerson, Western Youth, and features a dedicated kids area, artisanal merchants, delicious food and drinks, and pop-up performances throughout the day. $1 of every ticket purchased will be donated to HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians). 

Doors open at 1 PM, with music from 1:15 PM until 8 PM.

Shuttles are available from downtown Austin departing at 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM, returning to Austin after the last set around 8:15 PM.

There is extremely limited parking available on-site and a parking pass required (1 per vechicle). We highly recommend carpooling if you plan to drive! 

The 6th Uncut New Music Playlist Of 2019


via Uncut Magazine

Another week, another plentiful bounty from friends old and new. Lots to get your teeth into here, from the gorgeous heavy folk of Daniel O’Sullivan

to the vital Tuareg rock of Kel Assouf to a remixed Marvin Gaye rarity. There’s more from Royal Trux’s triumphant comeback, Tyler Ramsey unveils his first new music since stepping away from Band Of Horses, and Sunwatchers showcase their thrillingly seditious psych-jazz-rock. Plus The Chemical Brothers are back doing what they do best. See you on the floor at the Heavenly Social!

“A Dream Of Home”
(Fantasy Records/ Virgin EMI)


See the full list at Uncut.co.uk

2019 Luck Reunion Lineup Announced


The Luck Reunion at Willie Nelson’s Texas ranch has become an annual tradition, as well as something of an escape for a lucky few from the crowded South by Southwest conference in nearby Austin. Set for March 14th, the 2019 Luck Reunion will feature performances by Nelson, Steve Earle & the Dukes, Mavis Staples, Low Cut Connie, Nathaniel Rateliff and Tyler Ramsey among numerous others.

With performances happening on five different stages, the 2019 Luck Reunion offers a wide array of sounds, from country to soul, rock to blues. Other performers at the event include Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Marcus King Band, Shakey Graves, Courtney Marie Andrews, Yola, Brandy Zdan, Hayes Carll, Strand of Oaks, the Nude Party, Quaker City Nighthawks, the Cactus Blossoms, Cedric Burnside and Nicole Atkins. Additionally, country-punk singer Jade Jackson will headline the Saloon Stage and perform with surprise guests.

Nelson’s property in Spicewood, Texas, which includes the Western set of his Red Headed Stranger film, has hosted the Reunion since 2016 along with numerous other musical events throughout the year. Tickets are often tough to come by, but this year the event has instituted a lottery system with periodic drawings for attendees who submit their names.

Mountain Jam Lineup for Bethel Woods Announced


After 14 years at Hunter Mountain, NY, Mountain Jam is getting a new location in 2019: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the site of the original Woodstock (and where Live Nation’s unofficial Woodstock 50th anniversary festival, Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, will be held). Festival founder Gary Chetkof confirmed the location change with Poughkeepsie Journal, and Hunter Mountain posted on Facebook, saying, “while we are disappointed to see the festival move, we would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to the many supporters who made Hunter Mountain a successful Mountain Jam venue for more than a decade.”

Mountain Jam may be in a new location this year, but after going in an increasingly indie rock direction, the 2019 Mountain Jam lineup is a return to the festival’s jam band roots. Co-founder Warren Haynes‘ band Gov’t Mule are playing again after taking the past two years off, and the lineup also includes Willie Nelson & Family, The Avett Brothers, Toots & the Maytals, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Marco Benevento, Alison Krauss, Twiddle, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Amy Helm, The Allman Betts Band, The Nude Party, Tyler Ramsey and more.

Former Band of Horses Guitarist Tyler Ramsey Shares Single from New Solo Album


via Paste Magazine

Former Band of Horses co-writer and lead guitarist Tyler Ramsey has debuted “A Dream of Home,” the lead single from his forthcoming solo album For the Morning, due out April 5 from Fantasy Records.

Ramsey drew inspiration from the wilderness that surrounds his North Carolina home to create the mood for his folksy new album and, lyrically, to carry its messages of perseverance and remaining grounded during times of uncertainty.

Ramsey said in a statement accompanying For the Morning’s announcement:

This album came about in the midst of a lot of change. The birth of my daughter, a move to the country, and the steady realization that I needed to switch the road I was on in my life as a musician and songwriter. I tried to express and balance images of life as a constantly traveling and touring musician with the more connected life I live at home and the time I spend hiking in the mountains where I live.

Listen to the hopeful “A Dream of Home” below, along with Ramsey’s 2008 Daytrotter Session, and keep scrolling for dates from his upcoming tour itinerary, including select dates with Strand of Oaks and Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket.


Tour Dates

19 – Lexington, Ky. @ The Burl*
20 – Bloomington, Ind. @ The Bishop*
21 – Davenport, Iowa @ Raccoon Motel*
22 – Evanston, Ill. @ Space in*
24 – Lansing, Mish. @ Mac’s Bar*
25 – Columbus, Ohio @ Rumba Cafe*
26 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Ludlow Garage*

10 – Memphis, Tenn. @ Hi Tone Café
12 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW
12- Austin, Texas @ SXSW
14 – Luck, Texas @ Luck Reunion
15 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW
16 – Dripping Springs, Texas @ From The Hills With Love
19 – New Orleans, La. @ Gasa Gasa
20 – Mobile, Ala. @ Soul Kitchen
21 – Athens, Ga. @ Hendershots Coffee
22 – Columbia, S.C. @ New Brookland Tavern
23 – Charleston, S.C. @ WOOFstock

10 – Wilkes-Barre, Pa. @ FM Kirby Center^
11 – Washington, D.C. @ U Street Music Hall^
12 – Durham, N.C. @ Motorco Music Hall^
13 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Earl^
14 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Saturn^
18 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement
20 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Lo Fi Lounge
24 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Club Café
26 – Northampton, Mass. @ Iron Horse
27 – Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground Showcase Room
28 – Exeter, N.H. @ The Word Barn
29 – Boston, Mass. @ Great Scott

01 – New York, N.Y. @ Mercury Lounge
02 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ World Café Live
03 – Charlottesville, Va. @ The Southern
04 – Charlotte, N.C. @ The Evening Muse
11 – Asheville, N.C. @ Masonic Temple
20 – London, U.K. @ St. Pancras Old Church
22 – Paris, France @ 1999
23 – Brussels, Belgium @ AB Salon
25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Q Factory
26 – Berlin, Germany @ Silent Green

13-16 – Bethel, N.Y. @ Mountain Jam

(* – with Carl Broemel)
(^ – with Strand of Oaks)

Tyler Ramsey Announces New Album, For The Morning

Out April 5th on Fantasy Records


On Tour Starting February 19th, Tickets Available HERE

Pre-Order For The Morning

Today, Tyler Ramsey, the former Band of Horses co-writer and lead guitarist, announces the release of his exquisite new album, For The Morning, out April 5th, 2019 on Fantasy Records. Inspired by the lush, deep green and stunning landscape of his home in the mountains outside of Asheville, NC, Ramsey threads rock, country and folk into a rich, new branch of American roots music all his own. Listen to the absorbing, wistful lead track, “A Dream of Home” HERE and pre-order For The Morning HERE

"This album came about in the midst of a lot of change,” explains Ramsey. “The birth of my daughter, a move to the country, and the steady realization that I needed to switch the road I was on in my life as a musician and songwriter. I tried to express and balance images of life as a constantly traveling and touring musician with the more connected life I live at home and the time I spend hiking in the mountains where I live."

For the Morning, written and produced by Ramsey, connects the listener to this setting with dexterous guitar fingerpicking and radiant acoustic piano; affecting pedal steel and gorgeous languid vocals. Ramsey, along with engineer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Joan Shelley, Strand of Oaks) and Seth Kauffman of Floating Action (and touring musician for Jim James, Ray LaMontagne) recorded a clutch of Ramsey demos at La La Land studios in Louisville, KY. For The Morning is complemented by spots from several guest musicians, including Joan Shelley, Thad Cockrell, and Molly Parden who sing harmony on various tracks, the pedal steel player Russ Paul, Nathan Salsburg and Gareth Liddiard from The Drones on guitar.


“A Dream of Home,” one of the album’s many standouts, was written on a day off during a Horses tour. Ramsey holed himself up in a hotel room outside of Nashville and began writing about that familiar tug of greener grass, wondering if every musician’s dream of touring the world to play for huge audiences was actually all it was cracked up to be. The absorbing centerpiece “Breaking A Heart” glows with sublime piano chords and beautiful guitar playing while Ramsey’s pristine vocals are left hanging in the air like mist. Elsewhere “Evening Country” is an updated, country music version of the song “Evening Kitchen” he wrote for the Band of Horses’ Grammy-nominated album Infinite Arms that swings with delicate harmonies and pedal steel.

Ramsey will spend much of 2019 on the road with dates across North America, the UK and Europe. The initial tour begins February 19th in Lexington, KY with indie rock musician Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) followed by multiple showcases at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, TX, appearances at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion, Mountain Jam and solo dates with Strand of Oaks.  

Tyler Ramsey On Tour:
2.19 @ The Burl in Lexington, KY*
2.20 @ The Bishop in Bloomington, IN*
2.21 @ Raccoon Motel in Davenport, IA*
2.22 @ Space in Evanston, IL*
2.24 @ Mac's Bar in Lansing, MI*
2.25 @ Rumba Cafe in Columbus, OH*
2.26 @ Ludlow Garage in Cincinnati, OH*
3.10 @ Hi Tone Café in Memphis, TN
3.12 @ SXSW in Austin, TX
3.13 @ SXSW in Austin, TX
3.14 @ Luck Reunion in Luck, TX
3.15 @ SXSW in Austin, TX
3.16 @ From The Hills With Love in Dripping Springs, TX   
3.19 @ Gasa Gasa in New Orleans, LA
3.20 @ Soul Kitchen in Mobile, AL
3.21 @ Hendershots Coffee in Athens, GA
3.22 @ New Brookland Tavern in Columbia, SC
3.23 @ WOOFstock in Charleston, SC
4.10 @ FM Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA^
4.11 @ U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC^ 
4.12 @ Motorco Music Hall in Durham, NC^
4.13 @ The Earl in Atlanta, GA^
4.14 @ Saturn in Birmingham, AL^
4.18 @ The Basement in Nashville, TN
4.20 @ Lo Fi Lounge in Indianapolis, IN
4.24 @ Club Café in Pittsburgh, PA
4.26 @ Iron Horse in Northampton, MA
4.27 @ Higher Ground Showcase Room in Burlington, VT
4.28 @ The Word Barn in Exeter, NH
4.29 @ Great Scott in Boston, MA
5.1 @ Mercury Lounge in New York, NY
5.2 @ World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA
5.3 @ The Southern in Charlottesville, VA
5.4 @ The Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC
5.11 @ Masonic Temple in Asheville, NC
5.20 @ St. Pancras Old Church in London, UK
5.22 @ 1999 in Paris, FR
5.23 @ AB Salon in Brussels, BE
5.25 @ Q Factory in Amsterdam, NL
5.26 @ Silent Green in Berlin, DE
6.13-15 @ Mountain Jam in Bethel, NY

*with Carl Broemel
^ with Strand of Oaks

Tyler Ramsey Announces Solo Europe Dates


Tyler Ramsey has announced a short run of intimate shows across the United Kingdom and Europe this May. The stripped down performances will take place in some special, beautiful venues across London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Berlin. Tickets go on sale this Friday 1 February.

May 20 @ St. Pancras Old Church in London, UK | Tickets
May 22 @ 1999 in Paris, FR | Tickets
May 23 @ Ancienne Belgique Salon in Brussels, BE | Free
May 25 @ Q-Factory in Amsterdam, NL | Tickets
May 26 @ Silent Green in Berlin, DE | Tickets

Lowcountry Dog Magazine to debut WOOFSTOCK at Brittlebank


via Charleston City Paper

We love a good dog pun, and Lowcountry Dog Magazine did not disappoint with the announcement of its inaugural WOOFSTOCK music festival, coming to Brittlebank Park on Sat. March 23. Partnering with Charleston Parks Conservancy and The Bridge at 105.5, the fest will bring seven bands, food trucks, local vendors, and six local rescue groups together to raise money for furry friends in need.

“I have been hosting dog events for several years and have always included live music,” says Brian Foster, the owner of Lowcountry Dog Magazine. "Music and dogs are my biggest passions. The idea to do a dog-friendly music festival came to me last year, and with 2019 being the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival, WOOFSTOCK: A Lowcountry Dog Music Festival was born.”

The lineup for WOOFSTOCK: A Lowcountry Dog Music Festival includes Tyler Ramsey (formerly of Band of Horses), Tyler Boone, Gaslight Street, Greg West, Hans Wenzel & the 86ers, Finnegan Bell, and Sunflowers & Sin. Festival funds will benefit the Charleston Parks Conservancy, Valiant: Animal Rescue & Relief, Pet Helpers, Eunoia Rescue, Bullies 2 the Rescue, Water’s Edge Great Dane Rescue, and Greyhound Pets of America.

What we’re really wondering is: can we bring our dogs? Yes, leashed pups are welcome. In fact, the festival will feature dog agility demos, dog training demos, and other activities for pups, kids, and adults.

Gates open at 11 a.m.

Early bird tickets are $18 — once sold out, the price goes up to $26. Kids under 12 are free. Reserve your ticket at lowcountrydog.com/woofstock.

Tyler Ramsey To Join Strand of Oaks This Spring

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Tyler Ramsey will join Strand of Oaks on the road this April for five shows up and down the East Coast. Tyler will be opening these shows with a special solo set. Tickets for all dates are on sale now.

April 10 @ FM Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA | TICKETS
April 11 @ U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC | TICKETS
April 12 @ Motorco in Durham, NC | TICKETS
April 13 @ The Earl in Atlanta, GA | TICKETS
April 14 @ Saturn in Birmingham, AL | TICKETS

Winter 2019 Duo Tour with Carl Broemel


Tyler Ramsey will join Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) for the Winter 2019 Duo Tour - a run of intimate shows that will see the two guitarists together onstage accompanying each other on a mix of both their own material, as well as some special covers. Tickets for the tour are on sale now. Hope to see you at a show!

February 19 @ The Burl in Lexington, KY | Tickets*
February 20 @ The Bishop in Bloomington, IN | Tickets*
February 21 @ Raccoon Motel in Davenport, IA | Tickets*
February 22 @ Space in Evanston, IL | Tickets*
February 24 @ Mac’s Bar in Lansing, MI | Tickets*
February 25 @ Rumba Cafe in Columbus, OH | Tickets*
February 26 @ Ludlow Garage in Cincinnati, OH | Tickets*

Oxford American’s 2018 North Carolina Music Issue Celebration


The Oxford American magazine’s celebration of its twentieth annual Southern Music issue, this year featuring North Carolina, will be held Monday, November 26 – Saturday, December 1, 2018. This weeklong celebration, co-presented by Hillsborough, North Carolina-based Yep Roc Records, and designed in partnership with North Carolina-native singer-songwriter Tift Merritt, will be comprised of music events featuring a Statewide Singing Circle and literary readings highlighting stories from the issue.

These events are made possible with the support of co-presenting sponsors North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources + North Carolina Arts Council and North Carolina Humanities Council. Additional major partners include Visit North Carolina, ArtsGreensboro, Bob Nocek Presents, Maxx Music, Isis Music Hall, Pinhook, Letters Bookshop, Free Range Brewing, and Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café.

Isis Music Hall - Asheville, North Carolina, 8:30pm

Presented in partnership with Isis Music Hall, join us for a Statewide Singing Circle featuring Tift Merritt, poet Nickole Brown, Pat Mother Blues Cohen, Mike Guggino, Amanda Anne Platt, Jimmy Landry, Michael Libramento, Tyler Ramsey, Graham Sharp, Shannon Whitworth, Woody Platt, and other surprise guests.

Tyler to Perform At Tribute To Levon Helm November 23 in Charlotte


The New Familiars formed in 2005 and immediately took to the road for years playing 150+ shows and countless festivals annually alongside of some of the industry's big players (Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, Infamous Stringdusters, Del McCoury). Pioneers and innovators of the "acoustic/americana" they've performed at festivals throughout the region like Merlefest, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots and more with an extensive catalog of original music and interesting and unexpected covers of songs they love.

In 2010 The New Familiars were honored to open for legendary musician Levon Helm. As the drummer for The Band, Helm was extremely influential to The New Familiars and needless to say, this was a absolute dream come true for the guys.

When Levon passed away in April of 2012 the Familiars began a "Last Waltz" type of tribute show the Friday after Thanksgiving to preserve the musical legacy of Helm. With the help of The Midwood Horns and special guests to perform songs from Levon's catalogue the show has grown into an annual celebration of Levon Helm & The Band. Now in its seventh year, the Levon Helm tribute show is a fun night of singalongs and good times remembering an american icon of rock'n'roll. Past guests have boasted band members from Muddy Waters (Bob Margolin), Doc Watson (Jack Lawrence), The Black Lillies, The Mantras and more.

Tyler Ramsey on His New Album, Band of Horses & His Unique Style


via The Pop Break

Sometimes words cannot fully do a musician justice.

Tyler Ramsey, the former guitarist for Band of Horses, is a musician that my words cannot do adequate justice for. His unique, innovative style of guitar playing, his resplendent voice — all creates this magical sound. It’s a sound that would find itself comfortable amongst a sea of vinyl from the late 60s/early 70s, yet still has the immediacy, and importance of being set today.

It’s hard to fully summarize, except for this, Tyler Ramsey is creating something special, and it’s time to put him on your musical radar.

We sat down with Tyler Ramsey as he gets set to perform tonight at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ.

I’ve seen a few videos of you performing your solo material, and I really dig the way you play guitar. Can you talk about why you use your fingers to play guitar instead of using the traditional pick?

Some of the first guitar music I was really drawn to was the country blues. The way you can hear the melody and the bass and rhythm in that music coming from one person really hooked me. I love the guitar as a solo instrument and when you play with your fingers it opens up the possibilities and the potential to create pieces that stand on their own.

You’re known for your time in Band of Horses, where you were an integral part of the band’s most popular work. How do you feel your time in the band has helped you as a solo artist?

The main thing I would say is that my voice got a little stronger- having to sing in a larger band setting, whether it is harmonies or lead vocals, you get used to trying to project more. I’m a pretty quiet singer a lot of the time so I think the control I gained helps out. I was also constantly checking out new guitar pedals and sounds and that is something that continues to feed my electric playing.

You’re a multi-instrumentalist. So with your new album coming out are you performing all the instruments, or did you have other musicians record with you?

I had a lot of folks play on this new record. The Valley Wind record was a core group and not much else, so this time around I had a lot of fun asking the right people to play the right parts. It’s awesome to be in the studio and peck around on a pedal steel or something and try to play a part, but then when you hear a real pedal steel player like Russ Pahl actually lay down a part, that’s mind blowing stuff! I’m all for experimenting and I love playing instruments I don’t fully grasp, but there is definitely a time when you call the real deal. I had some amazing singers and string players and other guitarists come in as well.

Speaking of the new record, can you talk about the central themes of the album?

This record was written over a wild period of time- it started when my daughter was born and I wrote a lot on the piano in my old house when she’d be asleep or when things would calm down- usually late at night. Some of it came from the heartbreak of having to be gone a lot when she was so small. There’s a lot of trouble and heartbreak in it.

How do you feel this new record stands out from all your previous solo records?

I think the fact that I had a lot of folks involved in it makes it stand out a bit from the others. Also the intent feels different. I put a ton of energy into the recording and I plan on putting that same energy into the shows and the touring of this music.

You’ll have a new quartet on the road with you when you hit the road for your new tour. Can you talk about the band you’ve assembled, and why you chose them to go on the road with you?

I’m not sure I can convey how excited I am to head out with these three gentlemen — i will have Brian Landrum, who I’ve been good friends with for years, on pedal steel and guitar, David Macinnes will be on bass and has an amazing voice and ear for harmonies, and another old friend who I’ve wanted to play with for years, Kevin Rumley on drums, who also happens to have a heart that is made out of pure gold. They are super keyed into dynamics and I’m excited at the potential to really play to the rooms we will be in and make the shows unique.

If someone was coming out to see you for the first time, and had never heard you before (say because they enjoy your work in Band of Horses), what song of yours would you recommend they check out in order to really get a sense of who you are as an artist?

I would probably say “a long dream” or “1000 blackbirds”- those both have a lot of weaving in and out of vocal sections and guitar movements. In that way they kind of capture a lot of what I try and do.

Outside of the new record, what are you most excited about for in the next year?

I have to say I’m excited about traveling and touring. Im looking forward to that feeling of connecting with people and playing a show that feels honest and dialed in. Also more recording! I built a studio last year at our place out here in the country and I’m just now settling into it!

Now/It's: Tyler Ramsey at The Basement


via Now/It's Nashville

When writing one of these show recaps/ruminations, I’ll scan the headlines for topics of interest as peculiar pop cultural tie-ins. Normally, there’s some sort of broad or quirky aspect of what’s going on in the world to poke fun at or analyze in jest, but at the time of writing this - Tuesday, October 6th - the two most widely trending topics in Tennessee are voting and tornadoes.

While I do feel passionate about the former - hopefully at the time of reading this, you’ve already submitted your ballot for the 2018 midterms - I feel a show recap may not be the best forum to stump or entice would be non-voters. Furthermore, it would be unfair to Tyler Ramsey, of whose show I’ll be ruminating over. So, we’ll close that first bit of topicality with this - voting is important, civic engagement is important, and our communities do not progress without the involvement of all who inhabit them.

Now, onto the second trending topic in Nashville on Tuesday, October 6th, 2018 - tornadoes. There was, purportedly, a tornado last night. For obvious reasons (attending Tyler Ramsey’s show), I was (relatively) unaware, but apparently it did happen. The time spent moving from parked vehicle to The Basement would support such a scenario, but seeing as I’m no meteorologist, I figure we’ll table the weather talk and focus on the reason I didn’t notice much of the tempestuous bluster outside - Tyler Ramsey’s Nashville stop at The Basement.

I can only assume it is difficult to approach touring in anticipation for an album that is set to come out in Spring of the following year, but that’s precisely what Tyler Ramsey and company find themselves in the midst of, and they do so marvelously. While Ramsey (for now) might be best known for a decade long stint in the “beautifully dysfunctional family” Band of Horses, such will not be the case for long once his upcoming LP drops.

If memory serves, I’ve taken the time on this site (or some other random one off on another) to express my distinct admiration for the music of Cameron Avery. Much like Ramsey, Avery is a side-man (in Tame Impala) who spends his touring off-season making music of his own. The music Avery makes on his own is somewhere in the realm of slightly sleazy velvet lounge drunkard pop. Like Ole Blue Eyes mixed with Cocker.

So with that in mind, upon hearing Tyler Ramsey’s new music at The Basement for the first time, you might imagine my surprise when a former member of Band of Horses’ solo music recalled moments of Cameron Avery’s 2016 solo record.

Now, I realize, I should probably qualify some things in moving forward with this comparison. First and foremost, I stand by Avery’s music being playfully sleazy, whereas Ramsey’s most certainly is not. There’s a sleepy empathy to it. Almost as if Ramsey is singing his songs in the middle of a sleepwalking episode.

That being said, Ramsey’s music has a uniquely forthright nature that resembles the same unnerving honesty that his more “sleazy” constituents might play up. The name of the song escapes me, but one of Ramsey’s tunes features an intoxicating (pun possibly intended?) hook of “No one goes out anymore.” It’s like Ramsey’s take on the same purview behind Leonard Cohen’s “Death of a Ladies Man” and the subsequent homage track from Father John Misty, “Only Son of the Ladies Man.”

The idea that someone could craft a song so wistful for some version of the “glory days” with casualness and empathy is fascinating. It’s as if Ramsey obtained the unreleased manuscripts for Catcher in the Rye 2 and turned an even more jaded Holden Caulfield’s purview into song. It’s lyrical (obviously) and prosaic all the same, which if no easy feat.

Perhaps another reason Ramsey’s music seems to be such a sonic mnemonic for Cameron Avery and Leonard Cohen is his liberal use of the Wurlitzer. One of the most simultaneously whimsical and visceral instruments there is, a properly utilized Wurly can blur the lines of empathy and apathy as sharp as any other instrument.

In all honesty, seeing the Wurlitzer was a bit of a surprise, considering Ramsey’s music would most readily (and lazily) be categorized as “Americana,” but the nonspecific role it plays in his music creates a breadth of each song that most are incapable of achieving. Ramsey’s arrangements are simple (as he put it, he opts mostly for three chords when he can), but that simplicity creates a space for Ramsey’s meter to marinate further.

That’s probably what it is about Ramsey’s music that sticks with me so readily - it’s simple but effective. The music is impactful, but without the “shove it down your throat” emphasis of what Ramsey’s doing. On the surface Ramsey’s music may come off as elegaic and doleful, but at the same time, it’s quietly sanguine and poised to lift the listener up the more time they spend with it, even if the next time they get to spend extensive time with the music isn’t until Spring of 2019. But for now, the one off will have to do.

'Morning' Will Soon Break for Singer-Songwriter Tyler Ramsey


via The Daily Times

For singer-songwriter Tyler Ramsey, a new “Morning” is about to dawn.

It’s been seven years since the ruggedly ethereal artist released his last album, “The Valley Wind.” At the time, he was the lead guitarist for Band of Horses, the indie band whose brand of rock ‘n’ roll beauty was an ideal fit for Ramsey’s songwriting and vocals.

He left the band in May of last year, however, and not much has been written about his departure.

“Basically, it was 10 years of being on the road, heavily touring with a bunch of dudes that don’t necessarily know how to communicate very well,” Ramsey told The Daily Times recently. “It gets tricky after a while, like any relationship that you have that lasts a long period of time. Traveling and being on the road is a tricky thing anyway, and staying open is a hard thing to do. It just kind of was time, and I knew I had this record ready, so I felt like it was time to do something different, really.”

“This record” is tentatively titled “For the Morning,” and it’s slated for release sometime in early 2019, added Ramsey, who performs Wednesday at The Open Chord in West Knoxville.

The foundation stones of the album were laid at his home near Mt. Pisgah in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, where he’s spent much of the past year playing guitar and relaxing with family.

“It’s pretty country, right at the foot of the mountain, and we’ve got a little stream running through our yard,” he said. “I built a little studio out here last year, in this little building out in the field down from my house, so I’ve got a place to go play music.”

If it sounds bucolic, that’s an apropos description for Ramsey’s particular brand of Americana. Coming up in the Asheville scene, his raggedly blissful style made him a standout, and after releasing an eponymous debut album in 2005, various publications hailed his early 2008 release, “A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea,” as a worthy inheritor of sounds peddled by Ryan Adams and Red House Painters.

With Band of Horses, he helped cement that band’s legacy as a purveyor of anthemic rockers and intricate ballads, and he’s proud of the work he did as part of that group, he said.

“I went back recently and listened to ‘Infinite Arms,’ and I’m super proud of that record, and I think it still sounds really good,” he said. “I just think it really represents what the five of us could really do when we were working together really well, and it gained us a lot of momentum. I look back fondly on that time, even though it was kind of a messed-up time.”

His time in Band of Horses helped him develop into a better musician as well, he added: He feels his voice is bigger and stronger, and his guitar work allowed him to dial in on the particular sounds he wanted to capture on “For the Morning,” which was cut at a couple of sessions at La La Land, a studio in Louisville, Ky. It features a number of appearances from friends and peers that Ramsey has worked with in the past, another new element about which he’s particularly excited.

The overarching sound, however, doesn’t stray too far outside of his wheelhouse.

“I always try and not go too far away from the original game plan,” he said. “I don’t want to come out with some electronic record. I did do a lot of keyboards and piano, and a lot of songs were written on piano for this album. We also had some string players come in, so there are some extra things that make it a little bit more similar to ‘Long Dream’ in that way. There are a lot of really cool moments that fill it out, but I think it’s a logical progression.”

Whether it’ll be enough for him to step outside of the Band of Horses shadow remains to be seen.

He was a successful solo artist before he joined, and while his association makes it an interesting footnote for music writers, it’s also a period of his life he’s made peace with, he said.

“People want to apply that to whatever, when they’ve been in a band that’s pretty popular, and I really don’t have any problem with it,” he said. “When I was in the band and would go out and do solo shows, I would kind of resist using that as a thing, and I still would rather not, but it’s fine. I was in the band for 10 years, and I’m proud of what I did with them. I don’t mind people who need that to recognize what I do. If they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, that guy!,’ then that’s fine with me.”

IF YOU GO: Tyler Ramsey
WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7
WHERE: The Open Chord, 8502 Kingston Pike, West Knoxville
HOW MUCH: $10 advance/$12 doors