Friday, November 28, 2014

‘Lookin’ for Love’ in Ottawa? Country musicians plan stop

By ABBY ECKEL, Herald Staff Writer | 9/4/2013

Country music fans have an opportunity to see the original urban cowboy and a four-time gold record country music hit songwriter.

Johnny Lee and singer/songwriter Tony Ramey are playing 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, Kurtis Marozas said. Marozas is a co-owner of the record label Dig it Deep in Overland Park.

Country music fans have an opportunity to see the original urban cowboy and a four-time gold record country music hit songwriter.

Johnny Lee and singer/songwriter Tony Ramey are playing 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium, 301 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, Kurtis Marozas said. Marozas is a co-owner of the record label Dig it Deep in Overland Park.

“Johnny Lee brings his multiple No. 1 hits including “Lookin’ For Love” and “Picking Up Strangers” and brand new material that highlights the depth and continued talent of one of country music’s greatest,” according to a press release. “Tony Ramey has been a Nashville hit songwriter for the past 17 years with songs cut by George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Doug Stone, Easton Corbin, Clay Walker and John Michael Montgomery, to name a few. Most recently, the legendary group Alabama cut a song written by Tony called “That’s How I Was Raised” which [was] released on their new album.”

The Saturday evening concert will be an acoustic show and a more personalized experience, Lee said.

“Tony and I have been writing, and I’ll be doing a lot of hits and debuting new stuff and stuff from my new album,” Lee said. “It’s an unplugged thing and just a couple acoustic guitars. It’s just a personal show, one-on-one with our fans. I don’t normally do these, but Tony and I’ve done three of four, and people really like it. It’s a kick to do, and it’s something different.”

Lee and Ramey have been working together about six months, Lee said. The two met after one of Lee’s shows and have been working together since.

“I was outside of Dallas doing a show, and Tony came out to see me, and he got on the bus and introduced himself,” Lee said.  “... We finished a song I’d been working on for almost two years within 30 minutes, and we’ve been buddies ever since.”

Having not written a serious song in quite awhile, Lee said, it wasn’t until Ramey came along that he was able to write a new tune.

“[Ramey] has blown me away with his writing abilities,” he said. “Working with him got my juices flowing again. And I admire his talent and am fortunate to be a writing partner with him.”

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