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Inspired by music greats such as Hank Williams Sr., Chet Atkins, and Willie Nelson; at the early age of 13, Ross Key picked up his first guitar. By 15, he strapped on his guitar, and auditioned without his parents' knowledge at a local bar near his home landing his first paying weekly gig. He was also teaching music at 15. In 1979, he toured Europe with the Boy Scouts of America, showcasing his musical talent before royalty in Sweden and elsewhere.

Key has mastered 6 and 12-string guitars, playing lead, rhythm, and bass. He has won the Virginia state dobro championship. He has also mastered banjo, fiddle, piano, and drums. He plays the mandolin as well. RKC prefers to play acoustic instruments but incorporates a Fender Telecaster.

Key has written and sold original material which has been recorded by groups such as the Statler Brothers and Larry Gaitlin.

He's played with and/or fronted for, popular artists such as Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr.,Freddy Fender,Alabama, Emmylou Harris,Ronnie Milsap, Jimmy Buffet and many others.RKC latertraveled professionally in the bluegrass circuit with Lower 40 Grass before leaving the band, and moving his talents to the professional gospel circuit, playing gospel music around the country with the Vessels of God for 15 years. He left the music industry in 1992to raise his family in Campbell County, Virginia.

He has once again began playing as a solo act - incorporating a backup band as needed - on the local music circuit with his lifelong goalfocused on Nashville. He not only performstraditional and current country/bluegrass/blues material, but also his own original material.

His signature song is "Under the Double Eagle", an instrumental. He was told that if he couldn't play that particular song when he picked up his guitar for the first time, he couldn't play well enough to make it anywhere. He currently has a Top 10 song on the ReverbNation's Local Country Music Chart for the state of Virginia, which has been holding there for over 5 weeks."Saturday Night" was written and composed by Ross Key. RKC is an affiliate member of BMI Nashville.



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Updated:  October 2, 2009

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