Tony Memmel

Tony Memmel

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
SoloAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Biography

TOP 10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT TONY MEMMEL

1) Though he was born without a left forearm and hand, Tony Memmel taught himself to play the guitar by building a homemade cast out of Gorilla Tape (duct tape) that secures a guitar pick to his arm, and allows him to pluck and strum the strings. (CLICK HERE to see his video demonstration).

2) American Music Abroad Program Alumni – He was selected to tour to Brazil, Panama, Paraguay, and Uruguay in cooperation with the U.S. State Department, Embassies, and Consulates overseas. The tour included visits to schools, orphanages, hospitals, and performances in historic concert venues with an aim to build cultural bridges through music.

3) National finalist (4th place finisher) in the “You Oughta Know – Make a Band Famous Competition” hosted by VH1 and Republic Records.

4) Invited to speak to a crowd of 35,000 people during the ELCA Lutheran National Youth Gathering at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

5) Songwriter Awards – Nashville Songwriters Association Top 40, and WAMI Singer-Songwriter of the Year. (Fellow WAMI winners: Bon Iver, Les Paul, and Cory Chisel).

6) Ambassador with the non-profit organization “Lucky Fin Project” a support group for children with hand and limb-differences. He also teaches adaptive guitar lessons to students with physical differences, and helps them to develop unique, custom methods and devices that allow them to play.

7) The press has taken notice as he’s earned write-ups and features in the Associated Press, CNN, Boston Globe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, and WSMV-Nashville.

8) Extensive independent touring experience has taken him to 45 states in the U.S., and 10 countries worldwide. He has released 4 full-length albums, and 2 EP’s. The most recent release, “We’ll Be On The Radio” was recorded at the world-renowned House of Blues Studios in Nashville, TN, and Blast House Studios in Madison, WI.

9) Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in music, and trained as a classical vocalist.

10) Commissioned to compose symphonic and choral orchestrations of his music. His work “Opus 1 – Five Songs for Symphony, Chorus, and Rock ‘n Roll Ensemble,” debuted in 2014. He’s worked as an Artist in Residence with the Madison Youth Choirs, and has orchestrated a new work (debuting in 2017) for the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

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Lyrics

Lucky Fin Song

Written By: Tony Memmel

Life is long and life is short.
Sometimes it comes at you with all it's force.
But you've gotta keep your head up even if you're scared,
And then you'll find someone who has been there.

You've gotta look out, but don't look down.
The times that you're lost are the times you're found.
And like a change in the tide, the water's gonna rise.
There's always a choice and it's time to dive
There's always a choice and it's time to dive in.

When the day is feelin' long,
And the sky is gettin' dark,
You have got to let your light shine.
Know how great you are!

And sing it...

I've got this fin but you should see me swim.
Yeah, I've got this fin and you should see me swim.

I Know We'll Get There

Written By: Tony Memmel,Lesleigh Memmel

I’ve played guitar in dive bars,
Been nickeled, I’ve been dimed.
I’ve sung songs for no one
After 10 hour drives.
I’ve also played for thousands,
And shaken lots of hands.
I’ve been alone up on the stage,
And I’ve played with my band.

(Chorus)
Oh yeah, the road is long
When you work in song.
And we may be worse for wear,
But I know we’ll get there.

I’ve put myself out there…
I’ve won and I have lost.
I have paid so many dues,
And withstood many costs.
I don’t look back often,
But when I do, with pride.
I play my heart out every night,
The rest I take in stride.

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
Nothing is for nothing,
You must learn it as you go.

(Chorus)

America To Go

Written By: Tony Memmel

I am tryin’ now just to remember
what this meant to me when I was young.
The city was a beacon in a valley
A place where we could run.
And now, we’re on the road…
San Francisco to New York City, and just 3,000 miles to go.

Some days feel like more than I can handle,
Sometimes I stop, but then I think of you.
I’ve got to believe this is all for something…
I do the best that I can do.
And now, we’re on the road…
San Francisco to New York City and just America to go.

The wheels keep turning, Open up the flood gates
to test what I’ve become.
If I’m still standing, sure as I am speaking
The hardest part is done.

I sometimes get the feeling we were born,
far from where we’re really meant to be.
If circumstance is only just a mindset,
than why can’t that be me?
And now, we’re on the road…
San Francisco to New York City, and just America to go.

Discography

"We'll Be On The Radio" - Full Length - 2016
"I Know We'll Get There" - Single - 2014
"The Best That You Can Be" - Single - 2014
"Lucky Fin Song" - Single - 2013
"Clenched Hands Brave Demands" - EP - 2012 
"Owen's Song" - Single - 2011 
"yours and mine" - EP - 2011 
"Here We Go" - Full Length - 2010 
"America To Go" - Single - 2010 
"Potter Road" - Full Length - 2009 
"The Tale of an Underdog"- Full Length - 2008

MUSIC REVIEWS:
"I love the vocal treatment, technically, musically, and just emotionally It makes it very personal. The melodic choices do that too. The outro is brilliant. Waiting that long in the song to come with the kick drum makes it kinda devastating. Restraint is tough at moments like that but it's a good choice. Makes you ache for it."
-Adam Duritz, Counting Crows primary songwriter and frontman

"The music is produced with the restraint that comes with maturity and confidence. Tony Memmel knows what he is doing, and he does it well."
-Amber Amick, Backstage Beat Boston

"These lyrics are so tightly written it’s ridiculous...Tony Memmel is the real deal, and some of these songs are going to be with me forever."
-Katie Darby Recommends

"Harmonies that send shivers up my spine every time I hear them... 'Here We Go' is a must own."
-Jason Wilkerson, Digital Hippos

Set List

**Tony's setlist is crafted to best reach the respective audience at each performance. He is available for hire as a solo-acoustic artist, speaker, composer, arranger, or with his band.**

-Show length is 2-45 minute sets or 1-75 minute set.

In addition to Tony's original music, he performs covers by Tom Petty, Counting Crows, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, John Mayer, and more...