Tyler Ramsey performing new album at Horizon Records

 
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via Greenville Journal

Tyler Ramsey is as surprised as anyone that it’s been almost eight years since his last solo album. But there are some pretty good reasons for that gap, most notably that for six of those years, Ramsey served as lead guitarist for the folk-rock sensation Band of Horses.

“I was fully absorbed in touring and doing a couple of records with the band, and time flew by as it does when you’re wrapped up in a project,” Ramsey says. “I didn’t feel like it had been that long; when I hear now the amount of time that’s passed, it’s surprising to me because I’ve been able to be creative. Hopefully there won’t be a big gap of time again.”

Part of the reason that Ramsey can work a little faster on his own music now is that he left Band of Horses in 2017 after several intense cycles of touring and recording.

There are moments in Ramsey’s songs that are reminiscent of Neil Young in his folk-music phase, and others that bring to mind the chiming country-rock guitars and rich vocal harmonies of bands like The Byrds or the Eagles, and he explores those sounds to the fullest on his just-out album “For the Morning.” The idyllic arrangements were inspired by the bucolic scenery around his home in the mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina, but the album itself has more restless origins.

“It’s a record that represents a lot of change,” Ramsey says. “It’s a big shift. I’d attribute that to constant having moved into being a dad, making decisions about moving forward in my career, that was all going on when I was writing the songs.”

In fact, some of the songs were written when Ramsey was still part of Band of Horses, most notably “A Dream of Home,” a harmony-drenched midtempo rocker about being on the road and thinking of home.

 
 

“That song reflects my life and being torn between the path I was on and a simpler, more grounded way,” Ramsey says. “That reflects that yearning for a different path.”

Even though Ramsey is happier as a solo artist on a smaller scale than Band of Horses, he still struggles with the conflict of pursuing his music and spending time with his wife and young daughter.

“When I walk out the door to go on tour, I know that I’m going to do what I’ve been preparing myself to do my whole life,” he says. “I’m torn; but the flip side is that when I come home, I’m 100 percent home. I can hang out with my daughter all the time. I get this solid block of time where it’s us hanging out and doing everything we want to do together.”

The “For the Morning” album is rich with intricate, layered, full-band arrangements, which will make things interesting when Ramsey plays the material solo in a show at Horizon Records on Saturday.

“My goal is to write songs that people can get engaged with, with just a guitar and a voice,” he says. “My hope is that I’m writing songs that are engaging enough and people won’t think there’s anything missing.”

The show is part of Horizon’s celebration of Record Store Day, a day that recognizes independent brick-and-mortar record stores around the country.

“It’s important to keep record stores going all over the place,” Ramsey says. “It was where I discovered all of my new music. But the main thing is that I’ve known Gene Berger [the owner of Horizon] forever. He’s always been such a huge supporter of local music and music in general. He’s helped me out so much over the years, so when I talked to him about the possibility of doing it, it was a no-brainer to get in there and play.”

What: Tyler Ramsey
When: Noon Saturday, April 13
Where: Horizon Records, 2-A W. Stone Ave., Greenville
Admission: Free
Info: 864-235-7922, http://horizonrecords.net/

For The Morning Out Now!

 
 

Today is a huge day for us. For the Morning has officially been released into the world, and it's also our first vinyl release! It has been a long road, but we are all incredibly grateful to get to this day. Below are links to all major digital retailers, and our official webstore where you can get Vinyl and CD copies of the album. Of course you can always go out to your local record store and grab one there as well.

Webstore | Spotify | Apple Music | iTunes | Amazon

Thank you all for your continued support on this endeavor. It means the the world to us. Hope you enjoy the record, and we look forward to seeing you out on the road real soon!

 
 

Sounds: Tyler Ramsey // A Dream of Home

via Left Bank Magazine

There’s something about spring that changes me. Sure, it makes me want to open up all the windows, air out the house, scrub the baseboards, and give away clothes, but beneath the flurry of activity, there’s a grounding within me, like my feet are planted a little more firmly on the earth. I want to slow my pace, turn off my phone, watch the sun rise and set, and take a long, deep breath.

Asheville, North Carolina’s Tyler Ramsey‘s “A Dream of Home” wraps all of those thoughts and feelings up in one song. The former Band of Horse’s guitarist and co-songwriter’s latest track is warm and root-bound, a solid oak tree in a tempest of quick and dirty tracks that come and go like a cloud in the sky. It’s textured, a little worn, soft to the touch and easy on the ears. I’ve got it on repeat, and not just to write this review; it’s exactly what my soul has needed.

(I also immediately pre-ordered the upcoming album, For The Morning.)

Settle down, take a deep breath, and stream “A Dream of Home” here:

 
 

Live on DittyTV Wednesday, April 3

 
 

On their last run on the way to SXSW, Tyler Ramsey and his band stopped by Ditty TV to record a handful of songs live in studio. Check out “A Dream of Home” above and tune in for the entire performance Wednesday, April 3 at 8p CT at DittyTV.com.

The new record, For the Morning, is out this Friday, April 5. You can pre-order the record HERE.

Listen: Tyler Ramsey, "Evening Country"

 
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via The Bluegrass Situation

In Their Words: “A couple of years ago my band and I started messing around with some of my older and more pared-down songs and trying to bring them into a band setting. ‘Evening Kitchen’ was a song that I had written for the Band of Horses record Infinite Arms and when we did that record it stood out because it was in contrast with the rest of the album and really bare bones. A lot of that album was lushly produced and I thought having the song recorded with a single acoustic guitar and vocals would help balance things. It worked well in the sequence of that album and led to a lot of the more intimate moments in our live shows and the direction we headed in for the live Ryman acoustic album.

“This version, called ‘Evening Country,’ was a way to reimagine the song and a chance to put it into a new frame with some truly amazing musicians. It was recorded in Louisville, Kentucky, with Seth Kauffman (Floating Action), Kevin Ratterman (Lalaland Studio, My Morning Jacket, Ray Lamontagne), and I doing the basic tracking. Seth had worked with pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl before and we were able to get him to play on it (I still jump up and down when I hear his playing!). And the goosebump-inducing harmony vocals were sung by Molly Parden and Thad Cockrell and recorded at the Fleetwood Shack in Nashville by my old friend Bill Reynolds (former Band of Horses bassist). The opportunity to revisit this song in the way that we did has given it a new energy for me as well as new meaning.

“A wild memory of this song: years ago we were playing at Bonnaroo after Infinite Arms had been released. We finished our set and climbed down off the stage and our manager came up and told us to go back up and play a couple more songs because Bruce Springsteen had come onto our side stage to watch us play just as we were walking off. We ran back up and ended up playing ‘Evening Kitchen’ last, and all I could think about the whole time was that there was Bruce Springsteen standing fifteen feet away from me and watching us play this song I’d written — don’t f*ck it up! We made it through and headed back down off the stage and there he was with that Bruce Springsteen smile and handshakes all around. Our monitor man Jon Cronin told me afterwards that he heard Bruce say ‘That’s a good song!’ That’s enough for me!” — Tyler Ramsey

Tyler Ramsey reworks old Band Of Horses single with pedal steel guitar on “Evening Country”

 
 

via The Line of Best Fit

Tyler Ramsey, formerly of Band Of Horses, has reworked the band's "Evening Kitchen" single with some pedal steel guitar, renaming it "Evening Country".

"Evening Kitchen", originally written by Ramsey, appeared on Band Of Horses' Infinite Arms album in 2010 as an intimate piano piece.

Having left the band, the former guitarist has since reworked the track, injecting some pedal steel guitar, and renaming it "Evening Country".

"Evening Country" is the third single to be shared from Ramsey's first solo album n eight years, For The Morning, after earlier singles "A Dream Of Home" and "Firewood".

On his follow up to 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."

"Evening Country" is out now. For The Morning drops 5 April via Fantasy / Virgin EMI. Tyler Ramsey will play London's St. Pancras Old Church on 20 May.

Q&A: Former member of Band of Horses to perform in Athens as a solo artist

via Red and Black

Tyler Ramsey often finds himself inspired by the beautiful things he surrounds himself with at his home, infusing parts of his daily life into his music, particularly his new record to be released in April, “For The Morning.”

Ramsey is the former lead guitarist and co-writer for rock group Band of Horses, but after many years of tours, he was ready to get back to his family, his roots and his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina.

We talked to Ramsey about his up-and-down life experiences that come with being a musician and a father.

The Red & Black: Have you been to Athens before?

Tyler Ramsey: Yeah, I’ve been there a bunch, actually. I’ve played there solo a few times; I’ve played there with the band a few times.

R&B: Are you more into intimate venues, like Hendershot’s, or bigger ones?

TR: You know, it depends on the night and depends on the tour. I love that kind of experience; I think it makes a really cool night when it’s up close and personal.

R&B: You’re about to drop your new record, “For The Morning,” so are you mostly going to play songs off of that, or can listeners expect older music?

TR: I’ll be doing stuff from all my records I think, even the self-released one. I usually throw in some that ended up on Band of Horses records. I cover everything I’ve done and occasionally play a cover song, depending on the mood.

R&B: Reading through your bio, there’s a big emphasis on the intertwining of nature with your music. Could you talk about that?

TR: I just think that whatever a person does in their life kinda influences their heart or music or whatever. I think just even as basic as me spending a lot of time hiking in the woods has a pretty strong impact on what I do musically. Even if I’m just trying to finish a song at my house, I get stuck sometimes and go out walking in the woods, and then ideas kinda come to me from that. There’s a lot of imagery, too, a lot of visual imagery.

R&B: You were the guitarist for Band of Horses. What is life like on your own as a solo artist?

TR: I took a break for a while, and now it’s just really getting started with the release of this album and the tours that are accompanying it. It was a decade of heavy touring with them, so it was pretty fantastic to be able to be at home with my family and my daughter. That was all incredible, and now I’m gearing back up again. It’s exciting to have this record and have the backing that I have.

R&B: It sounds like you’ve had a lot of big and necessary change come from separating yourself from tour life. Is that reflected in the new record?

TR: Oh yeah, there’s definitely a lot of that in the songs and the feel of the record. Yeah, I think it’s gonna come across too live. It’s undoubtedly a part of the fabric of the record.

R&B: What are the challenges of being a part of a band versus being solo?

TR: I think the main challenge of being in a band is that you have to figure out ways to keep communication open with people. It’s like any other relationship; it just gets bad if you’re not talking to someone and not letting things go ... sometimes things just don’t work out.

R&B: What was the hardest part about being on tour with the band for you?

TR: It’s the same thing every night. It kinda becomes a questioning of “What am I doing with my time here?” And then you start questioning what it’s about when it’s not feeling like an exciting thing and you’re dealing with weird dynamics. It makes you want to go home. It’s like any job, I’m sure. If you’re not feeling like you’re doing the right thing, you’d rather not be doing it.

R&B: We’ve talked a good bit about the struggles of tour life, but what do you like about tours?

TR: I like playing music for people. I like seeing the people that come out; it kind of affirms that there’s any meaning at all to what I’m doing musically. It’s like, “Alright, there’s a room full of people that made an effort to come see a show and want to hang out and talk afterwards (sic).” That’s what I like about it … There’s amazing things that can happen on tour if you allow yourself the time to do those things.

R&B: When you play a show, what do you hope the audience is going to take away from your show?

TR: I hope it’s more than what they expected. I hope they have an experience that’s more than just, “Oh, I just went to a show.” I want it to be memorable and something that affects people. That’s what I’d like my music to do — I want it to connect with people, hopefully some of it on an emotional level. Those are my goals: to connect with the people that are there.

R&B: Do you have any musical inspirations that helped you connect like you want to help your listeners to connect?

TR: Oh man, I think that’s happened so many times I can’t even really narrow down who it would be. Although, I will say it happens a little bit less nowadays. I haven’t seen a lot of shows just because I’ve been busy doing stuff, like living out in the country and having a daughter. I don’t think I would have an understanding of what the possibilities of playing live music are if I hadn’t been affected by it deeply numerous times throughout my life. I think everyone finds their own thing that they connect with, and for me … there’s too many to even list.

R&B: You’ve mentioned your daughter a good bit. Could you talk about her and how she inspires you?

TR: She’s the best. I think becoming a dad was something that for most of my life I didn’t think was my path or whatever. And then when it happened, it just changed everything. All of my intentions and goals were shifted towards making sure she’s okay and making sure that I’m as big a part of her life as I can be. She’s changed my entire outlook on everything.

R&B: Has she been to any of your shows?

TR: She came to my last show that I did in Asheville, but we’re not at the point where I’m gonna take her on tour yet. Someday I’d love to. She wants to put on shows all the time; she’s got a couple of little instruments that she plays, and she’s constantly making up songs so … I can definitely see the family band later on in life.

R&B: What can the audience expect from this tour?

TR: They can expect a really good band, first of all. I’m so excited about the guys that I got together. They all came from different places, and somehow magically it’s been such a good group of guys to play with. We’re creating music that I didn’t even expect to have happen. The weird blend of the four of us is getting me excited about the bands I was super into over the years. We’re capturing some kind of cool energy that I’m excited to take to different towns

Tyler Ramsey's 'White Coat' Tingles With Beauty

 
 

via Clash Music

Tyler Ramsey was one of the driving forces behind Band Of Horses, before he decided to take a step back.

Now based in Asheville, North Carolina, he looks out on to one of North America's most pristine landscapes, a lush, beautiful, effervescent canvas of green and yellow.

Pure natural beauty, Tyler Ramsey translates this into music, channelling this sense of location, this reaching into the past, on his new solo album.

'For The Morning' will be released on April 6th, with Tyler touching down on UK soil for show at London's St Pancras Church on May 20th.

"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 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."

We're able to share gorgeous, palatial new cut 'White Coat', and it tingles with a raw, unfettered beauty.

Neatly pieced together, it's a folk-hewn piece of Americana with a pastoral gaze, a gentle, heavenly ditty.

On “White Coat,” Tyler Ramsey Strums His Guitar in the Woods

The former Band of Horses guitarist is releasing his new solo album, For the Morning, in April.

via Flood Magazine

Tyler Ramsey, the former Band of Horses co-songwriter and lead guitarist, announced the release of his first major offering since leaving BoH, For the Morning. The new album was written and produced by Ramsey, inspired by his time spent in the mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina where he lives, amongst a verdant pastoral landscape; sonically, it intertwines country, rock, and folk. Guest musicians who make appearances on the album include Joan Shelley, Thad Cockrell, and Molly Parden to sing harmonies, plus pedal steel player Russ Paul, Nathan Salsburg, and Gareth Liddiard from Tropical Fuck Storm on guitar.

“White Coat” is rife with pretty guitarpicking, the steady thump of a drum like a heartbeat, and Ramsey’s languorous vocals. You can practically see him strolling through the woods with his dog or sitting with his wife on the porch watching the sunset (“You went out across the river to lay down in the sunlight where it filters through the pines”).

“It’s a kind of love song that pulls a lot of visual images from the places I spend my time hiking in Western North Carolina,” Ramsey said of the track. “It’s also a nod to some of the music on my album A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea. I had some amazing help with the violin ideas by Scott Moore from Louisville, KY. The middle section was a banjo song I wrote for my daughter that I snuck into the song. I love writing songs that have long compositions and instrumental sections, and ‘White Coat’ developed into one of those songs.”

Listen to the track below.

 
 

Ramsey’s 2019 tour began last month in Kentucky and continued this month at SXSW. See the list below for upcoming dates, and pre-order the album here. For the Morning will be released on April 5 via Fantasy Records.

Tyler Ramsey On Tour:

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
6.13-16 @ Mountain Jam in Bethel, NY

Woofstock Festival combines Charleston’s dog and music lovers

 
 

via Post and Courier

Canines and concerts, pups and pulses, barks and beats.

Dog and music lovers alike can join in for this inaugural event at Brittlebank Park. In tune with the 50th anniversary of the popular Woodstock Festival, which rocked New York in 1969 with acts like Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Janis Joplin, “Woofstock” is coming to Charleston.

The all-day kid-friendly and dog-friendly music festival, presented by Lowcountry Dog Magazine, 105.5 The Bridge, 98 Rock and the Charleston Parks Conservancy, will include 7 bands, 6 local dog rescue groups and a variety of food trucks on March 23.

Tyler Ramsey, formerly of Band of Horses, will headline the show. He’s joined by Southeast musicians Tyler Boone, Gaslight Street, Greg West, Hans Wenzel & the Eighty Sixers, Finnegan Bell and Sunflowers & Sin.

Ramsey, who just released single “Firewood” from his upcoming April album “For the Morning,” split from Band of Horses two years ago and has since been pursuing a solo career.

“It had been a decade and we had done a lot of great things together as a band, but I think it had run its course for me,” Ramsey says. “I felt like I wasn’t necessarily able to spend any time on what was super close to my heart, which was music that feels like it’s all me.”

Now residing in the mountains in Asheville, Ramsey talks about how nature has played a role in sparking his creativity, whether it’s North Carolina’s Blue Ridge or Edisto’s beachfront tree boneyard.

“I get a similar feeling when I’m close to the mountains or the ocean,” he says. “There’s a wildness to it, and I feel like I can keep walking forever if I want to.”

It’s during some of those walks in nature, with his 9-year-old Windhound, Clementine, that his song lyrics tend to surface. Clementine is pictured with him on the cover of his new album.

“I love dogs,” Ramsey says. “When we were on tour in Chicago, we stayed with friends who had a dog, and I remember noticing how calming it is to have a dog when you’re touring. It just brings you down to earth.”

It’s fitting he’s playing Woofstock and will be surrounded by some pups and good vibes.

For the dog side of the festival, to entertain those four-legged friends and their owners, there will be training demos with Affordable Dog Training, free dental consults with Sweetgrass Animal Hospital, “Ask a Vet” with Veterinary Specialty Care and more pup-tastic happenings.

“Music and dogs are my biggest passions and combining the two only made sense,” says Lowcountry Dog Magazine Publisher and Woofstock organizer Brian Foster. “Most festivals are not dog-friendly, and hopefully this event will be a success and become a new annual event in the Lowcountry.”

Lowcountry Dog Magazine’s other yearly festivities include Eat, Drink & Rescue in January, the May the Dogs Be With You Festival in May, a Magnolia Plantation adoption event in September and the Dia De Los Perros Festival in November.

Featured food trucks and vendors at Woofstock will be Roti Rolls, Kickin’ Chicken, Immortal Lobster, Dave N Dubs Hot Dogs, Dave’s Barnyard BBQ, Holy City Waffles, King of Pops, Kona Ice, Poppy’s Lemonade and All About That Bean.

There also will be alcoholic beverages for sale from Tito’s Vodka, Boone’s Bourbon, PBR, Lagunitas, Palmetto Brewery and Southern Barrel Brewery.

Gates for Woofstock open at 11 a.m. and the party continues through 7 p.m. Tickets are $26 in advance and $30 at the gate, with kids 12 and under getting in for free. Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed, but no coolers or outside food and drinks. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.lowcountrydog.com/woofstock.

Proceeds from Woofstock will benefit local rescue groups Valiant Animal Rescue, Eunoia Rescue, Pet Helpers, Bullies 2 The Rescue, Greyhound Pets of America and Waters Edge Great Dane Rescue, as well as the Charleston Parks Conservancy.

Away From Band of Horses, Tyler Ramsey Redefines His Process

 
 

via Free Times

Amidst the hustle and bustle of a grueling show schedule at South By Southwest, Tyler Ramsey is happy to take a break and just chat music.

The Austin, Texas, multimedia megafest serves as the launching pad for a three-month tour in support of For the Morning, Ramsey’s first full-length release since 2011. Eager to escape the madness, he’s set up camp about 45 minutes outside of town, commuting in daily for shows.

“It feels like we’re out in the middle of the hill country — it’s quiet,” Ramsey says. “So you get a little balance there.”

A search for balance contributed to the Asheville musician’s decision to leave his role as lead guitarist and co-writer for Band of Horses in 2017, wanting to take a break from the road and spend more time at home with his family. The irony of being back out touring a new record isn’t lost on him.

“Having a family and having a daughter, I wish I could stay home and write soundtracks for movies and just send them out to people,” he chuckles. “But this is what I’ve chosen to do.”

Ramsey is the master of his domain for the first time since joining Band of Horses in 2007. No longer is he beholden to the schedule of playing in someone else’s band, allowing him to dictate his own creative timeline. It’s led to more structure in his writing process than he’d previously been comfortable with.

“I always relied on that kind of thing happening whenever it happened … getting a song whenever it happens to show up,” Ramsey offers. “It’s been kind of fun to set some time frames — or try to at least — and get down to my little room down there to work and write. Even if it’s just playing piano or something. It’s been a different pace that’s been rewarding so far.”

For the Morning was born from the time Ramsey was able to carve out of his day-to-day being a father and husband. He spent hours recording demos in the small studio he built on his property at the foot of Mt. Pisgah in North Carolina, then headed to La La Land studios in Louisville to track the final product. The resulting album uses warm piano tones as a through line, evoking the pastoral beauty of the nature surrounding Ramsey’s home.

“Your Whole Life,” the album’s opening track, finds Ramsey at his most pensive. “Have you lived your whole life / Regretting some decision / That you made at a time / A choice was needing to be made?” he asks the listener. It’s easy to construe the line as a musician’s self-doubt, grappling with the hectic life they’ve made for themselves as a result of pursuing their art. But Ramsey insists the lyric isn’t overly autobiographical.

“I’d always rather have people interpret things the way that they want to,” he says with a laugh.

Ramsey’s country influences are dotted across the record, yielding some of its most rewarding moments. “Evening Country” is a gorgeous reworking of “Evening Kitchen”, one of his writing contributions to Band of Horses’ 2010 album Infinite Arms. This version sets itself apart through outlaw-style strummed acoustic guitar, while the vocal harmonies anchor it securely to the source material. “Breaking a Heart” features pedal steel swells that wring tears from the premature end of a relationship, while a 10-second pop hook at the end of each chorus provides a brief respite from the song’s emotional weight.

The lead single, “Firewood”, shows Ramsey further exploring the push and pull between sadness and contentment, both sonically and lyrically. The first two-thirds echo the preceding instrumental, “Darkest Clouds”, establishing a somber mood through haunting layers of fingerpicked guitars. The final minute and a half sees the tempo shift to a groovy time signature, as lead guitar lines sear through the mix. Ramsey sings, “Don’t forget that spring will come back, don’t forget the sun is gonna rise,” entering the song’s final act, allowing a small ray of positivity to peek forth from the darkness — something he tries to focus on in both his writing and life.

“I always want to find that the clouds break and everything is fine forever and ever,” Ramsey says. “But I’ve lived long enough to know that there’s ups and downs … constantly, and you roll with them.”

Friday, March 22
New Brookland Tavern
Columbia, SC

Former Band of Horses Guitarist Tyler Ramsey Returns With 'Firewood': Exclusive Premiere

 
 

via Billboard

Tyler Ramsey prefers to stay mum about the "little bit of a dark time" that preceded For the Morning, the singer and guitarist's first album since leaving Band of Horses in 2017 after a 10-year run. But a track like "Firewood," premiering exclusively below, reflects on coming out of that time.

"It's about trying to remember that there is light and better things coming up," Ramsey, whose wife gave birth to a daughter while the family moved to North Carolina leading up to the album, tells Billboard. "A lot of dynamics were going on in my life at the time with some people I was having to keep coming with. I'm trying to dance around the subject a little bit ... 'cause, really, I'd love to let people decide for themselves what it means to them."

That said, "Firewood" -- with its ringing acoustic guitars, spare arrangement and elegiac melody -- also shows off the spirit of musical adventure Ramsey wanted to apply to For the Morning. "It's a song I worked on for a while," he explains. "It's a story and a cohesive piece, but it's got a lot of levels to it for sure. I always appreciated Paul McCartney or people like that -- their songs came out of nowhere with a new part or new idea. I tried to apply that to [‘Firewood']; it kind of builds steadily and then has this big ending that takes you in a different direction, which is fun to do in a song."

Ramsey started writing the songs on For the Morning -- due April 5 on Fantasy Records -- while he was still in Band of Horses, compiling "fairly thorough demos at home" before taking them into La La Land studios in Louisville. He populated the session with both friends and musicians he hadn't met before, including Russ Paul on pedal steel and Paul Nathan Salsburg and Gareth Liddiars (The Drones) on guitar, while Joan Shelley, Thad Cockrell and Molly Parden provided backing vocals.

"One of the goals was to have people come in and play on it a little more than I'd done in the past," Ramsey explains. "I really wanted some harmony vocals from other people, so I had a great cast of characters come in and sing harmonies and some great instrumentals come in and play. It really elevated the songs, at least for me; when I listen to them, I get super excited about the parts they did. It turned out really cool and was definitely what I hoped to accomplish."

Ramsey is in the midst of a U.S. tour that started back in February and will include performances at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. He then heads to Europe for dates starting May 20 and has signed on to play at Mountain Jam on June 15 in Bethel, N.Y. And while his departure from Band of Horses is "another touchy subject," Ramsey is clearly happy to be the master of his own destiny now.

"This was just something I had to do," he says. "I was in that band for a decade, which is a long time. I wanted to move in a direction where I felt a little more like I was doing something that felt creative. Even boiling down to scheduling with people when you're in a band with five people is hard. It's hard to say no to anything at that point because you don't ever want to take work away from your friends. But after my daughter was born, I wanted to be more selective with my time. So that and wanting to feel more creative made me go in this direction where I'm at now."

Watch the video below.

 
 

The Austin 100: NPR

 
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The Austin 100: Tyler Ramsey

Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina

Genre: Americana

Why We're Excited: Tyler Ramsey has reached his widest audience during the years he spent as a guitarist and songwriter in Band of Horses, though he's also enjoyed a creatively fruitful solo career dating back to 2005. Sometimes, that solo work has sounded like the beardily searching, Fleet Foxes-style ballad "1000 Blackbirds," but on his new single "A Dream of Home," the singer and multi-instrumentalist finds a sweet spot that brings to mind the lush folk-rock rambles of Damien Jurado.

 
 

Featured Single: Band of Horses’ Tyler Ramsey swoons with “A Dream of Home”

via Ear To The Ground

Tyler Ramsey lives near Asheville, NC and likes to reflect the sweetness of his life, member of the band Band of Horses, in his music. This lush folk rock track is everything that’s right about music production in 2019.

It’s easy to come up with comparisons like Neil Young, but honestly it’s the way that Ramsey’s “complete package” comes together that has us excited. It’s what we love about others in this space like Noah Gundersen and David Ramirez. This single’s got us looking forward to the rest of the music this chill folk rocker has coming soon.

 
 

Carl Broemel & Tyler Ramsey in Illinois (A Gallery)

 
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My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel and former Band of Horses lead guitarist Tyler Ramsay recently teamed up for a short duo tour throughout the Midwest. Stephen Bloch shared some photos from the guitarists’ stop at Evanston, IL’s S.P.A.C.E. on Friday night. View the full gallery at Relix.com.

Music Journeys: Carl Broemel and Tyler Ramsey

 
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Two musicians who've spent more of their time touring in bands than on their own have completed new solo releases and joined forces for a set of shows. Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket and Tyler Ramsey, formerly of Band of Horses, bring their tour to Columbus tonight and WCBE for a live session this afternoon. Be sure and listen to the full podcast just below the feature. Broemel and Ramsey share more about their new songs, memories of their bands, and you'll enjoy the songs they select in the Fast Five.

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Carl Broemel says his latest release titled Wished Out represents a bit of his personal journey navigating current times.

"There's a lot of negativity and strangeness and confusion in the world, and I realized I was taking part in it," Broemel said. "I wanted to change that. If there's a theme to the record, it's taking control of your life and taking responsibility for how it feels no matter how much the external world seems to be causing it all. You have a way to flip a switch and make it work."

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"It's enlightening to do it because I realize what I'm good at and not good at," Broemel said of working on solo material. "I'm not 100 percent comfortable being the front guy. But when I get through it, I'm glad for the challenge. I adore working with other singers and songwriters. That's my role in this world. 'm just trying to make something better than the last one."

Broemel's current collaborator on the music scene shares similar sentiments.

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The song A Dream of Home comes from new material Tyler Ramsey releases in April. Ramsey spent a decade with the group Band of Horses. His new music reflects the changes in his life, including becoming a father for the first time.

"It's that thing that any working parent goes through whether you're a touring musician or going to work in an office," Ramsey said. "We all have to make a living to support our family, but you want to be around as much as you can to help and experience such a life-changing thing. I felt I was missing out on that. There's a shift in my focus now where I need to do my own songs and if I'm going to be out touring, it needs to be at my own pace."

Ramsey and Broemel say they're looking forward to touring together.

"He feels like a musical brother," Ramsey said. "In the process of learning his songs and digging in, I'm in awe of his arrangements. His guitar playing is a contrast to mine. He's such a great solo player, so figuring out how to support him in the songs, it's going to be fun."

"Our bands did many shows together before he left Band of Horses," Broemel said. "He's a super talented guitar player who's also a singer but wasn't the lead singer. It's a bit of an experiment. We're pals but we've never really played together. We're going to do shows where it won't be separate sets. It'll be one set where we accompany each other and bounce songs back and forth."

Broemel and Ramsey bring their tour to Columbus tonight at the Rumba Cafe. They also perform Live From Studio A here at WCBE this afternoon during the Global Village.

Listen to the Podcast at WCBE.org.

Columbus Underground: Concert Preview

 
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One of the indisputable joys of being a music writer is discovering new artists and their recorded works, and I have many publicists and managers to thank for the growing list of phenomenal albums, EPs, and singles that now play in heavy rotation through my headphones.

Hearing the stories behind their songs is an even greater reward, and when Cincinnati-born singer-songwriter Tyler Ramsey’s “A Dream of Home” came across my desk a few weeks ago, I knew immediately I wanted to talk with him about the creation of such an enchantingly idyllic ballad. With each passing verse, it effortlessly evokes a portrait of the environs that inspired such a loving, longing ode to his serene North Carolina abode at the foot of the mountains outside of Asheville.

Ramsey wrote “A Dream…” and a handful of other tracks that comprise his forthcoming album, For The Morning (due April 5th via Fantasy Records), while at a personal and professional crossroads near the end of his decade-long stint as lead guitarist for renowned indie-rock outfit Band of Horses.

“This album came about in the midst of a lot of change,” he explains in a recent press release. “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.”

When we interviewed last week, Ramsey articulated how the change of pace has specifically impacted his craft as a songwriter.

“I do gather inspiration from all the traveling and all the places I see, and conversations and the things I come across,” he reflects. “But, I don’t really process it into a really creative thing until I can get super grounded and back to myself. And that does happen here. There’s more quiet here. If I can get my feet on the ground, I can start to remember things that were inspiring, or writing them down and using them for songs.

It’s getting my feet back in the dirt rather than running around and trying to finish things when you’re on the go, because there’s so much coming at you all the time. When you get done with that and you start walking in the woods, then your mind can slow down and translate that into something, hopefully.”

Although he’s back on the road for the foreseeable future to support For The Morning, Ramsey’s taking advantage of the connections he’s made over the years to bring music to his audiences on his own terms. On Monday night, he’ll share the stage with My Morning Jacket guitarist Carl Broemel for an intimate performance at Rumba Café.

When do you remember first making a profound, meaningful connection to music?

“Oh, man. So, the profound meaning came sort of when I found out I could pick songs out on the keyboard by ear at a pretty early age. I could pick up little songs and peck them out. I started taking jazz piano lessons when I was…I think I was around nine, or something. The teacher that I had – his name was Bob Zahn – was a really, really good jazz piano player, but he also knew that I could hear music well. He did a lot to encourage that, and he did a lot to teach me about improvisation and playing music that way. It was just such a cool way to be introduced to formal music by having [that] freedom.

Being so young and knowing ‘oh, I can play any note I want in this scale,’ and try to figure out solos and pick things out by ear – it was the beginning of what would continue into what keeps my inspired about music. There’s a lot of freedom of expression, and I learned that from early on.”

You’re well regarded for your guitar work, so how did that sense of free expression and experimentation eventually translate from keys to strings?

“When I first picked up the guitar, I was doing the pretty regular thing of taking lessons at the local music store. It was, ‘what songs do you want to learn?’ And I was, like, ‘well, I don’t know…’ I remember working on…they’d kind of throw things at you, like, ‘here’s a Beatles song. Here’s a Led Zeppelin riff…’ I had an Ibanez Roadstar II electric guitar, and I was learning riffs. And at some point, I got an acoustic guitar in high school, and I think I broke string and didn’t have another one, and my friend helped me tune it to this weird open tuning. And then I just started messing around with that, and I remember that feeling of, like, ‘oh, this thing’s a total mystery now.’ Standard tuning guitar was also a mystery at that point because it wasn’t like I’d mastered any Led Zeppelin songs or even knew how to solo or anything like that.

But all of a sudden, it turned the guitar into something I was inventing myself and exploring, and I began making up little instrumental songs and trying to write instrumental things. I had started listening to a lot of instrumental guitar – even back in high school, I was the weirdo that would listen to Leo Kottke or Michael Hedges. A lot of that fingerstyle guitar got me excited back then. That’s how that transition happened, and everything that came after that was based on it. I still use a lot of alternate tuning and still feel like I don’t know what I’m doing [laughs], and that I’m learning and figuring things out all the time.”

I’m curious how guitarists skill build. I can articulate how I do that in my job when I sit down with a new piece of technology or resource and muck around with it until I figure it out and become comfortable. Since you’ve learned so much by ear, how does that manifest in extending your concrete musical abilities?

“Yeah, I never really was the kind of person who would just sit down and learn note-for-note songs the way someone else would play it. I still don’t really do that – I mean, I can do that, but my approach is more ‘okay, these are the tools I have, and this is my vocabulary on the instrument. But here’s this song that I have to play on, or that I want to play on – so, how am I going to take the way I speak and basically tell the story of this other song?’ Kind of what I’m doing with Carl Broemel right now and working on his music and learning all his songs is approaching it like ‘this is what I do, and I’m going to interpret these – and we’re going to play them together.’

It’s almost always that way if I have a cover song that I’m working on – I think the last one I did was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘I Wish I Could Hide Away.’ But I just did it in a weird tuning and I got the gist…I got the chord progressions on the song, and then I just played it the way I was going to play it. And that turned out to be really fun. It’s kind of the way I approach other people’s music – I interpret it using the skill set I’ve developed over the years.”

You started as a solo artist before you joined Band of Horses, and now you’re back to being on your own again. How has flexing inward and outward along your career path affected you creatively?

“I’m still learning a lot. I kind of had a feeling when I joined that band that I might lose track of that path I was already on as a songwriter. I tried to stay on it, but it certainly got pushed a little bit to the side because of the schedule. The timing of things had to be perfect if I was going to put a record out – I had to find the perfect window of time, and I wasn’t necessarily going to be able to tour on it enough or make sure it was supported and things like that. It became that it was fading out too far in the background of what I felt strongly about doing.”

Of course. And I’m sure it’s vastly different releasing solo records when you’re your own entity as opposed to doing so when you’re a member of a well-known band and it’s more of a sidestep.

“Right, right. I mean the process for this record was the same as it always was – I tried to just represent my songs the best I could and make them sound the way they needed to sound. But, now the cool thing about this record is that I have an absolutely amazing team of people, and I have the full ability to go out and support it as much as I need to and can. I’ll be able to put a lot of time into playing shows, connecting with people, going into radio stations, and traveling around.

It’s really exciting because I feel like that last record Valley Wind that I put out – which was a long time back – it kind of got lost. And I was super proud of that record and I loved some of those songs, and the way we captured them was so…it was a really cool, emotional time. We did a really good job of just documenting that time. But, then all of a sudden, it was, like, ‘well, I’m back on the road and I can’t do the work it takes.’ I had a talk with Fat Possum at the time who put out the record, and I said, ‘how do we make it come back from a disappearing act? [laughs] It just disappeared really quick!’ And they said, ‘well, you really can’t do anything if you can’t get out there and play shows.’ The way everything’s working out in music nowadays, you have to play shows. But, I wasn’t able to, and I felt like that record was done a disservice by letting it just kind of disappear.

So, now I have Fantasy Records, and I’ve got a really cool management company, and Virgin Records in the UK – just a lot of really cool things happening that are blowing my mind, first of all. And the fact that I’m going to have the energy and the time to do my part and play these songs to as many people as I can and support them that way – it’s a really amazing opportunity that I’m lucky to have.”

As you’ve been talking to the press about For The Morning, you’ve discussed how you intentionally recruited expert musicians to infuse their strengths into different parts of the album instead of filling in gaps yourself. You said they created some really special moments across the record. What are some specific examples?

“Man, there’s a lot of them that happened on this record. The first one was…I’ve always wanted really good pedal steel on a record, and Seth Kauffman, who’s a friend of mine from the band Floating Action, was in the studio with me. He was in the studio with me when I was up in Louisville with Kevin Ratterman at La La Land, and I’m talking to both of them saying, ‘I’ve got to get to get the perfect pedal steel on these two songs.’ And Seth had luckily done some session where he’d gotten to work with Russ Pahl, who lives in Nashville and is a big pedal steel player there and has done a lot of session work. I’ve never met him in person, but he’s apparently the sweetest and a great person to work with. So, we sent the tracks to Russ, and he worked on them and sent back, like, the perfect pedal steel part. When we heard it the first time, I was jumping up and down in the studio in the control room. It just blew me away. I said, ‘that’s exactly what I would’ve hoped for,’ and he did it with an ease, you know?

And it happened again when I said, ‘I need a really good harmony on these songs,’ and Kevin was, like, ‘I’ll see if Joan Shelley’s in town, because she’s unbelievable.’ And I said, ‘well, that would be amazing.’ I’d just finished reading an article, maybe it was in Uncut, about her, and had listened to her music a bit. And she came in and sang on some songs, and – again – goosebumps. It was the perfect fit in the songs and it just elevated them, which is such a cool thing for someone to do for you – to lift them to a place where there’s more emotion and more things to listen to. Then Nathan Salsburg came in and played this mind-blowing acoustic guitar part on an instrumental. Things like that just kept happening – there’s a whole list. There were all kinds of fun and surprising things that made this record better.”

Tyler Ramsey & Carl Broemel
Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH
February 25, 2019

Concert preview: Tyler Ramsey & Carl Broemel at Rumba Cafe

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Former Band of Horses guitarist and co-writer readies forthcoming album, ‘For the Morning,’ and partners with My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel on duo tour

Tyler Ramsey lives near Mount Pisgah, one of the bigger mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway, southwest of Asheville, North Carolina. It’s a postcard-worthy setting, and that natural environment tends to make its way into Ramsey’s songs.

“I think it has a huge impact on what I do,” Ramsey said recently by phone from his home. “I do get out in the mountains a lot. ... Sometimes it gives me the opportunity to get the space that I need to work out lyric ideas in my head while I’m walking in the woods. There’s something about the rhythm of walking in the woods that can help songs. It’s helped me finish songs that were being stubborn. Just having that solitude is important for the way that I write.”

Ramsey wrote some of his forthcoming album, For the Morning (out April 5 on Fantasy Records), during his tenure as lead guitarist and co-writer in Band of Horses, a group he departed after 10 years in 2017. Other songs took shape at home during bleary-eyed nights as he tried to lull his then-infant daughter to sleep by playing guitar or piano.

“She didn’t sleep very well for a long time, and still kind of doesn’t, but I spent a lot of time with her in a carrier when I was home from tours,” he said. “I’d have her in a carrier and be playing the piano with her asleep on my chest. ‘For the Morning’ came directly from that experience, and that time of being a parent for the first time. I don’t know if the lyrics really reflect that, but the mood of it does.”

Ramsey, a Cincinnati native, made home demos of the songs and then headed to Louisville to record the follow up to his 2011 album, The Valley Wind, with engineer Kevin Ratterman and musician Seth Kauffman (Floating Action). In the process, Ratterman invited other Louisville musicians to come by and play on various For the Morning songs. Joan Shelley contributes gorgeous harmonies on “Cheap Summer Dress,” and Nathan Salsburg lends his guitar work to an instrumental track. There are cameos from Thad Cockrell and Molly Parden, and pedal steel player Russ Paul helped transform Band of Horses track “Evening Kitchen” into a Southern send-up, now titled “Evening Country.”

For this tour, which will make a stop at Rumba Cafe on Monday, Feb. 25, Ramsey is partnering with Carl Broemel, a solo musician best known for his guitar work in My Morning Jacket.

“We’re going to do each other’s music. I’m going to go hang out with him for a couple of days, and we’re going to rehearse, but we’ve both been at home working on each other’s songs,” Ramsey said, then chuckled. “We were laughing, because Carl and I have never played music together.”

But Ramsey isn’t worried. He’s excited. Sometimes shaking things up can transform his music in ways he never anticipated. “These songs have already been going through a lot of change,” he said. “It seems like these songs are taking on a really cool new meaning.”

Rumba Cafe
8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25
2507 Summit St., North Campus

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