Jerry Brown and Jay Ramsey have been playing music together, professionally, for decades. As members of the award winning band, "The Expressions," they toured continually for 11 years. Starting in Dallas, the group received rave reviews from coast to coast, Seattle to Orlando, Vancouver to San Juan, The Playboy Club circuit and the casino palaces of Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Reno. As "The Expressions" and later as just "Expression" the band had recording contracts with Sinatra's Reprise Records and United Artists.
Jerry left the road and the band and became a popular solo artist at the famed Cub Lounge in the MGM Grand where he performed on vocals and piano for nine years. He then used his experience in entertainment and casinos to become a department manager at Sam's Town in Vegas. After selling a business that he and his wife, Dana, started in Las Vegas, they went back to Texas where they now live in Fort Worth. Jerry never stopped playing and singing.
Jay stayed with "Expression" for five more years and then took a year off to concentrate on songwriting. His success in songwriting has come in two stages. First, as a staff writer for a Nashville publisher, his songs were recorded by Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty, Roy Clark and a dozen other artists. Recently, Jay's music has been featured in TV and film: Mad Men-AMC, Awkward-MTV, The Playboy Club-NBC, Magic City-Starz and the Sony Pictures movie-The New Girl. He also led another award winning group, "The Jay Ramsey Band," and appeared around the U.S. plus Europe and Asia. Jay's personal recording contracts have been on Casablanca Records and ABC. He lives with Barbara in Las Vegas.
In recent years, Jerry Brown often flew into Vegas to record with Jay Ramsey and his production partner, Bob Kelly, where Jay recorded original music in Kelly's studio. Jerry suggested a return to their first love...the blues. The three long-time friends went to work and the result is a 17 song CD of blues and blues influenced music called "Out Of The Shadows" by The Back In Time Blues Band. Jay wrote four songs for the CD and Jerry wrote another. Then you'll hear more great songs from other writers: Robert Johnson to Leon Russell...Delbert McClinton to Mose Allison...Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield to Chuck Berry.
That is a terrific line-up of music. It's strong entertainment. It's great friends doing what they love.