India Ramey

Nashville, TN

Blasting twin barrels of Americana noire and southern-gothic songwriting, India Ramey fires on all cylinders with her national debut, “Snake Handler.” Pentecostal churches, broken households, crooked family trees, forgotten pockets of the Deep South and domestic violence all fill the album’s 10 songs, whose autobiographical lyrics pull from Ramey’s experience as a young girl in rural Georgia.

Ringing guitars, violin, atmospheric organ and percussive train beats all swirl together, leaving room for Ramey’s voice — an instrument punctuated by the light drawl of her hometown and the quick tremolo of her vibrato — to swoon, swagger and sparkle. It’s a voice she began developing as a child while singing made-up songs into her electric hair curler while her parents fought just outside her bedroom door. Although her childhood lacked peace, it was filled with music, thanks to a charismatic grandfather who sang in an Alabama-based gospel quartet. It was his wish to see Ramey pursue her music and that’s exactly what she did. Before launching her music career, though, Ramey was a deputy district attorney in Alabama with a goal to help women like her own mother who found themselves in abusive situations. There, between daytime hours in the law office and nighttime gigs alongside her Birmingham-based band, Ramey realized that music — her true calling — could help people, too. She began making honest, heartfelt music that spoke openly of her past. A pair of early releases, “Junkyard Angel” and “Blood Crescent Moon,” helped sharpen her songwriting chops and paved the way for her move to Nashville where she found a kindred spirit in producer Mark Petaccia.

Melodic and mighty, “Snake Handler” is a battle cry from a songwriter who is unafraid to dive back into her past — no matter how dark it may be — to find closure. It’s an album about final chapters and new beginnings … about violence, resolution and next steps. It’s India Ramey: unfiltered, unrestrained and wholly engaging.

Music Sampler

Artist Performances

Friday August 2nd from 6:10 PM - 7:00 PM at Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley Courtyard
Saturday August 3rd from 1:45 PM - 2:35 PM at Fox River House
Saturday August 3rd from 4:00 PM - 4:25 PM at Mile of Music Bus
Saturday August 3rd from 6:05 PM - 6:55 PM at Spats - MAIN STAGE
Sunday August 4th from 4:30 PM - 5:20 PM at Emmett's Bar & Grill - MAIN STAGE