GLASGOW — Ron Ramsey Jr. finds it hard to imagine that a song he wrote made it to the top 20 on the Independent Music Network chart.
The song, “Comin' Back Home,” made its debut in January. It is a single that appears on the latest album recorded by the band Exit 4 that was released in December 2018.
“Comin' Back Home” made it as high as 14 on IMN' country music chart.
To have a song that he wrote make it that high on the chart, he said, “is unbelievable.”
“It's been on the charts since the beginning of October. It's just hard to imagine that it could have happened the way it did and it's unbelievable. It's very cool, nice to get heard. It's nice to find an audience at this stage of my music. It's been great,” said Ramsey, who lives in Owensboro but is originally from Glasgow. “This is the first time I've had anything this high.”
IMN focuses on new and upcoming artists, but also charts existing artists.
The first time “Comin' Back Home” was listed on the chart was October.
“When it got there, I thought, 'Well, this is neat. I'll have a week on the charts,'” Ramsey said. “And the next week it went up and the next week it went up and the next week it went up. Now it's started to slide, but it's been on the charts nationally for two months now and it's neat. It's been a neat experience.”
Ramsey has been nominated for IMN's New Discovery Artist Award.
“These awards are to throw a light on newcomers to the industry,” Ramsey said. “I don't know if I'm going to win. I kind of doubt it. It was nice to be nominated.”
Ramsey isn't sure where the inspiration came from for the song.
“Sometimes I know exactly what I'm writing about when I start. I have an inspiration and I'm writing. It's usually in an inappropriate time, in church or you're sitting in the movie theater or you're driving and you just get a phrase or a melody,” he said.
Ramsey uses his cell phone to make a memo of the vocal, which is what he did with “Comin' Back Home.”
He recorded the vocal on his phone and forgot about it for about two weeks. When he went back to it, the song just came together practically on its own.
“I wrote it in about 30 minutes and then it just laid there for a while,” he said. “I thought, 'Well, I've got to record this. I really like it.' I went back and read the lyrics and thought 'I don't even know what this is about.'”
Exit 4 plays classic rock and roll and country music. “Comin' Back Home” is more of a country rock type of song.
“That's another thing. As a write, I didn't know what it was. And then I showed it and got ready to release the album and I had an industry person to tell me 'You're a country rocker. You're Americana,'” Ramsey said. “I didn't even know what that was. He said that's the genre you are in now. I said, 'OK.'”
Exit 4 has been performing for about 15 years.
Other members of the band are: Charles Emberton and Joe Meany both of Bowling Green; and Barry Gresham of Hopkinsville. All members of the band also sing.
One of the band's members, Dana Hester, died a little more than a year ago. Hester was founder of the band the lead guitar player.
"That's one of the things that makes us say, 'Hey, let's not this get away from us. This could end. Let's play again. Let's keep doing this," Ramsey said. "We thought the one thing he would want is for us to play."
All of the band's members attended Western Kentucky University together and that's how they met by attending WKU.
“We don't play as much as we used to, but we still love to play,” Ramsey said. “It's a great band. They are so much fun to play with and are so talented that we kind of really do just about anything we want to because the band is so good vocally, so that makes us a lot of fun to see and a lot of fun to play with.”
Exit 4 is set to perform at 7 p.m. on Feb. 29 at Rib Lickers Smoke Shack along Scottsville Road in Glasgow.
“We will do three hours. We play 'Coming Back Home' and maybe a couple of the originals, but we will mix in classic rock and country that we normally do and just try to give people a good time," he said.