Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Ramsey.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Eric. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve been playing music since forever – you know, high school garage bands, college bar bands and the like. I took about 20 years off playing in public due to work, family, etc. I picked up performing again about 15 years ago, trying to balance my work as an electrician with my solo music career and being a single dad.
I have been a full-time musician now for the last 5 years, having been given the opportunity by my incredibly supportive wife and family. The last four years have seen the release of three CDs of original material, multiple awards for songwriting and performing, appearances at numerous blues and folk festivals, tours to the midwest and the west coast and engagements in Chicago, Indianapolis and Memphis. I’m currently at work on another record, hoping for a 2019 release date.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Trying to find balance between work and family is probably my biggest challenge. We now have three kids in school – one in college and two in high school. All are involved in multiple sports and with the attendant social lives that teens have it seems like we’re often pulled in seven directions at once. My wife has a successful career as well and given the nature of my work – nights and weekends, generally – finding that balance is often difficult.
Other than that, every artist these days – be they musician, visual artist, filmmaker, photographer, anyone in the creative fields – struggles with the current prevailing culture that does not value art for its own sake. Couple that with the fact that what is “popular” these days is often transient (given our society’s impulsiveness and lack of patience – of which I am all too guilty!) and you can see why artists find it so difficult to sustain themselves.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Eric Ramsey Music – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a singer/songwriter/performer. I’ve released three CDs of original material to date and I’ve been fortunate to perform in venues from Maine to Memphis as a solo act. I have won awards for my songwriting and performing and have been a featured performer in festivals all over the country.
I think what sets my music apart is its accessibility. I write from experience about the human condition – at times sensitive, at times humorous, sometimes trashy, but always thought-provoking. My arrangements and delivery encompass a spectrum of styles that reflect my musical influences, from delicate fingerpicked guitar to raucous, bluesy bottleneck slide. And while we as musicians all have access to the same notes, use the same chords and adhere to similar structures of verse and rhyme, I try to infuse everything I write and perform with a whole bunch of Eric Ramsey.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I hope to keep writing, recording and performing. I hope to keep getting better. In theory, the longer one plays music the better one should get, right? Now, my wife might disagree (after she’s heard me practice the same song for five days in a row) but I ascribe to the whole “10,000 hour” theory of learning.
I’ve been very fortunate to have experienced and accomplished all that I have in the last few years. I owe the opportunity entirely to my wife’s insistence that I follow my dream. There are countless artists out there who are younger, more talented and better looking who will never have the chance that I’ve been given, so I intend to keep working as hard as I can on my craft.
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