When Tony Ramey composes and performs his country music, he communicates a simple message.

When Tony Ramey composes and performs his country music, he communicates a simple message.

He connects with audiences through the description of everyday life all can relate to, taking them back to music reminiscent of his formative years — the 1970s and 1980s.

“It’s sort of an alternative to what you hear on country radio today. It’s more about real life and day-to-day living than partying and beers in the console,” he said. “It’s important to me because it’s what I do and where I live. I play all over the U.S., and people have expressed how much they miss that music because they can’t find new stuff like it. It touches a part of their lives that hasn’t been touched in a while.”

Ramey will share some of his tunes with local audiences at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the McPherson Opera House. Tickets are $24, $20 and $16 for adults, and $10 for students.

“I’m really looking forward to coming out there,” he said. “I’ve heard the area is full of music lovers.”

Featured in his performance will be his new album “Throwback,” an acoustic conglomeration that he says takes audiences back to the basics.

“It’s an expression for me as an artist that a collection of songs — that is, an album — is still important,” he said. “I still find that important, where all the songs feed one another and are thematically alike. I think this album really does that for me. It’s a very personal collection of songs presented in an acoustic format to present where I’ve been living my whole life since I’ve been doing music.”

The West Virginia native began writing at age 10 and began to put words to music through guitar at age 16. Since then he obtained a master’s degree in English literature, taught at a college, wrote more than 1,700 songs and has achieved a number of awards for scholarly and music accomplishments.

He has opened for Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan Seals, Reba McIntyre, Lorrie Morgan, George Jones, Keith Whitley, Glen Campbell, and a multitude of other legendary and iconic country music artists. He also has received hit songs and gold record awards for tunes on albums cut by George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Doug Stone, Craig Morgan, John Michael Montgomery, Easton Corbin and others.

Ramey said he feels blessed about his success with these big names, but also said the reciprocation between him and audiences remains one of his favorite parts. In those moments, both parties lose themselves like in a movie.

“That’s what it’s supposed to be about. It’s losing ourselves and a chance to experience an art form,” he said.

That is also true for his upcoming performance at the McPherson Opera House.

“In McPherson, as in every town, I hope to make a lot of new friends and be able to shake hands and meet people that enjoy great music,” he said. “No matter where I’m traveling, my goal is to connect with the people that really believe in good music, and that’s the joy this whole career is — that you really start on common ground whenever you show up to do a show.”

Contact Jenae Pauls at jpauls@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow her on Twitter @PaulsSentinel