Charley Ramsay Releases Catalyst

Charley Ramsay established himself as a songwriter and performer playing and singing with the local band, "Hey Zeus" for over ten years in Austin, Texas in the 90s. His band achieved radio play and a loyal Austin following. Songs co-written by Charley and produced by Austin's own John Croslin (The Reivers, Spoon) eventually made their way onto prime-time television - ABC's "Cupid" and Warner Brother's "Veronica Mars". Today, Charley has a career that pays more than it costs... and it does not involve traveling in a van with musicians across the states. Charley is married now and travels in a van with his six children across Austin.

Catalyst, produced by Joseph Victor and Andy Sharp, is Charley's official mid-life crisis album and contains twelve new songs that lay baritone vocals and intelligent, introspective lyrics on a bed of classical, national resonator, and electric guitars with elements of blues, rock and pop.

The songs range from big-guitar rock anthems as found in "Monkey See Monkey Do"- a satirical look at the YouTube Generation; "Ride", a compelling and personal look at what a strange world we live in today; to the melancholy "Catalyst" which echoes a father's care for the next generation.

Charley Ramsay's influences include Chris Whitley, The Wallflowers, and blues legend John Hammond. Charley recorded at Gang Of Hair Studios, Andy Sharp's Studio, and in his garage with crickets and his children in the background.

Ramsay has an engaging style and his voice is in between a roughshod whiskey soaked bluesman and an American roots rocker. His charismatic middle of the road intonations work well for him while expressing the lyrics built around a solid music foundation that will find a large crossover appeal.

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