Tyler Ramsey is an American singer-songwriter from Asheville, North Carolina, who is best known as the former lead guitarist for the band Band of Horses.

Tyler Ramsey
Ramsey in 2016
Ramsey in 2016
Background information
BornCincinnati, Ohio, United States[1]
Instrument(s)Guitar, harmonica, piano, percussion
LabelsFantasy Records

Career edit

Ramsey's eponymous debut album was released in 2005. His second album, A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea, was released on January 15, 2008, on Echo Mountain Records.[2]

In November 2007, Stereogum singled him out for their "Artist to Watch" series, describing his sound as reminiscent of both Ryan Adams and Red House Painters. Summing up his musical style, the blog stated "He's sad, but more outwardly expressive: There's a ragged blues to Ramsey's voice as well as his guitar playing."[3]

Ramsey's third album, The Valley Wind, was released on September 27, 2011.

In 2012, Tompkins Square Records released a 78 rpm record of Ramsey performing "Raven Shadow" and "Black Pines."

On February 7, 2019, Ramsey announced his fourth solo album, For the Morning, and released the lead single "A Dream of Home".[4] His first album for Fantasy Records, For the Morning was released on April 5, 2019.[5][6] Ramsey toured throughout North America in 2019 in support of the album, including select dates in the UK and Europe. The tour began on February 19, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky, accompanied by indie rock musician Carl Broemel. Performances followed at the 2019 SXSW Festival, Willie Nelson's Luck Reunion, Mountain Jam, and solo dates with Strand of Oaks.[7][8]

Band of Horses edit

Ramsey playing with Band of Horses in Brooklyn, June 20, 2010

Bill Reynolds, bassist for Band of Horses, invited Ramsey to visit him and the rest of the band in South Carolina. Tyler quickly hit it off with lead singer Ben Bridwell, who asked him to open for the band on their fall tour of 2007 and come on board as their new guitar player.

Commenting on the opportunity to play both his solo material and with Band of Horses, Ramsey said, "This is going to be an amazing tour. To have the opportunity to play solo, as well as with such a great band, I really couldn't ask for more."[9]

Ramsey has become an integral member of Band of Horses. For their third album, Infinite Arms, he wrote the track "Evening Kitchen" on which he and Bridwell share the lead vocals. He also co-wrote three other tracks. Ramsey wrote and shared vocals with Bridwell on the song "Everything's Gonna Be Undone", from the band's fourth album, Mirage Rock, on which he co-wrote the songs "Shut-In Tourist" and "Heartbreak On the 101". On the band's fifth album Why Are You OK, Ramsey contributed the song "Country Teen".

On May 1, 2017, Ramsey announced his departure from the band.[10] In 2022, Bridwell disputed Ramsey's claim that he quit Band of Horses, saying that he had instead been fired from the group.[11]

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

Year Title Label
2004 Tyler Ramsey Self-released
2008 A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea Echo Mountain Records
2011 The Valley Wind Fat Possum Records
2019 For the Morning Fantasy Records
2024 New Lost Ages

Extended play edit

Year Title Label
2020 Found a Picture of You Fantasy Records

Notes edit

  1. ^ Charlie, "Tyler Ramsey Interview" The Milk Carton – February 14, 2008
  2. ^ "Echo Mountain Records homepage". Echo Mountain Records.
  3. ^ "Artist to Watch: Tyler Ramsey". stereogum.com.
  4. ^ "Tyler Ramsey Announces New Solo LP, Shares New Single "A Dream of Home"". Jambands.com. February 7, 2019.
  5. ^ Zimmerman, Lee (April 12, 2019). "Tyler Ramsey Evokes Nick Drake On Sublime 'For The Morning' (ALBUM REVIEW)". Glide Magazine. Retrieved December 25, 2022.
  6. ^ Stevenson, David (May 22, 2019). "Tyler Ramsey "For The Morning" (Fantasy Records/Virgin EMI, 2019)". Americana UK. Retrieved December 25, 2022.
  7. ^ "TYLER RAMSEY ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM FOR THE MORNING OUT APRIL 5TH ON FANTASY RECORDS". Concord Records. February 8, 2019. Retrieved December 25, 2022.
  8. ^ "TYLER RAMSEY AND CARL BROEMEL TEAM UP FOR WEST COAST DUO QUEST TOUR". Concord Records. May 23, 2019. Retrieved December 25, 2022.
  9. ^ "Tyler Ramsey Bio". tylerramsey.com. Archived from the original on April 5, 2008.
  10. ^ Ramsey, Tyler (May 1, 2017). "Saying farewell after 10 years to the band of horses". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 25, 2021. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  11. ^ Kaye, Ben (March 3, 2022). "Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell Isn't Convinced Things Are Great, But He's Trying". Consequence. Retrieved March 10, 2022.

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