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What is every rock or country music star’s dream? Getting on the cover of Rolling Stone, of course!
India Ramey, a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, a Birmingham Southern alum and formerly a local attorney, got one step closer to that dream when Rolling Stone named her to their 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know list.
A favorite Magic City musician, India left Bham three years ago to seek fame and fortune in Nashville. This year, her latest album, Snake Handler, has received critical acclaim along with her single Devil’s Blood.
In their top 10 list article, Rolling Stone recommended India to fans of Lydia Loveless, Sunny Sweeney and Jason Isbell, and stated that her sounds are “lyric-driven, hardscrabble country for the Flannery O’Connor set”.
Earlier this week, Bham Now caught up with India and asked her a few questions about Rolling Stone, Birmingham and the future.
Bham Now – What is it like being recognized by Rolling Stone?
Ramey – It’s unreal! I still can’t believe it. It is such a huge honor and a validation of years of hard work and genuine love for music.
Bham Now – How did Birmingham influence your music?
Ramey – Birmingham was the first community to accept and support me as a musician and I will never forget that. It was there that I first had the courage to follow my heart and pursue music as my career.
Bham Now – What was it like growing up and living in Birmingham ?
Ramey – Birmingham is and has always been such a cool town. It’s always had such an eclectic, artsy element to it that transcends the southern stereotypes that people try to assign to it. I remember going there as a little girl to see my sister at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and thinking how cool it was and how I wanted to be there one day. I was lucky enough to spend many years of my life there, being inspired and encouraged to be as weird as I wanted to be, to be myself.
Bham Now – What should we expect from you in 2018?
Ramey – I’ll be hard at work this year writing my next album and hopefully recording it. I’ll be playing SXSW and hopefully doing lots of other tour dates.
Here’s where to learn more about India Ramey and buy her merch:
What’s next for India Ramey? The cover of Rolling Stone? You be the judge.
Check out India’s website at www.indiaramey.com and, just in time for the Holiday season, purchase items directly from India including vinyl, CDs, shirts, koozies and posters (some are even signed) at http://indiaramey.com/shop/.