Country rocker and songwriter Anthony Orio has always had a passion for – -country music.
As an artist, Orio has performed twice at The Grand Ole Opry and continues to be on the Bluebird CafÃ©â€™s regular rotation of featured singer/songwriters. ASCAP has featured him at their â€œHot On the Row Series,â€ designed to showcase Nashvilleâ€™s top up and coming singer/songwriters, and NSAI featured Orio in a round during this yearâ€™s Tin Pan South songwriters festival.
For Orio, the main draw to music has always been connecting with a crowd through live performances. Currently, he tours with his band, performing his high energy rock-infused version of country music throughout the US and Canada. Orio spends a great deal of time on stage, averaging over 250 shows per year. His concerts have taken him everywhere from casino show rooms in Tunica, Mississippi to 2,000 capacity clubs in Georgia and Alabama to venues in Ottawa and Toronto Canada, with many shows in between. In addition to his tour schedule, Orio performs in Nashville at Tootsieâ€™s Orchid Lounge. â€œFor me, there is no place I would rather be than on stage, sharing music with an audience. The energy that comes from a live show is the ultimate high,â€ says Orio.
Orioâ€™s band, the Goodfellers, have been seen in past years opening for Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Dierks Bentley, among others. They also played the Canadian Country Music Awards and Stage Coach Festival with RCA recording artist Crystal Shawanda. Most recently, guitar player Jonathan Newton was part of the Brad Paisley â€œPaisley Partyâ€ Canada tour.
As a writer, Orio has enjoyed some success with cuts by country comedy legend Ray Stevens. He also had several indy cuts in the past 2 years. Sony Music, Universal Music, RPM Music, and Major Bob Music are a few of the companies who have published Orioâ€™s songs. His songs â€œThe Right Reverend Roadhog McGraw,â€ â€œRun Out Of Radio,â€ and his recording of â€œGood Problems,â€ have all received national radio airplay.
In January of this year, Orio released his first independent project. The CD features 9 songs co-written by Orio. He has a full tour schedule for the remainder of 2010 to promote the new CD, with new dates being added daily.