Anthony Orio

Anthony Orio
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 recently performed at the Ryman Auditorium alongside Kris Kristofferson, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, and many others. The Bluebird Café’s regular rotation of featured singer/songwriters includes Orio. ASCAP has also featured him at their “Hot On the Row Series,” designed to showcase Nashville’s top up and coming artists, and Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) showcased Orio in a round during 2010’s and 2011’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 200 shows per year. His concerts have taken him everywhere from casino show rooms in Tunica and Biloxi, 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 Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. “For 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,” says Orio.

Orio’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. Guitar player Jonathan Newton was part of the Brad Paisley “Paisley Party” Canada tour.

As a writer, Orio has enjoyed success with cuts by Grammy winning country comedy legend Ray Stevens whose hits include “The Streak” and “Everything Is Beautiful,” and country singer Andy Griggs whose hits include “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely,” “She Thinks She Needs Me,” and “She’s More.” He also had several indie 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 Orio’s songs. His songs “The Right Reverend Roadhog McGraw,” “Run Out Of Radio,” and his recording of “Good Problems,” have all received national radio airplay.

In January of 2010, Orio released his first independent project. The CD features 9 songs co-written by Orio. He has a full tour schedule for 2011, with dates being added daily.


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