ACMA Songwriters at the Plaza, Tim McGeary, Barbara Chamberlain, & Ray Boone
The Lee County Library has joined with The ACMA (Americana Community Music Association), to offer FREE concerts of all original music by local Artists. Concerts will take place in the Amphitheater, which is located on South Cornog Plaza. Bring a chair or a blanket, shows will be moved to the meeting rooms located next to the amphitheater if needed depending on weather.
The ACMA is a Fort Myers based not for profit promoting local artists who perform original songs. What to expect, you will hear singer-songwriters sharing a lifetime of experiences in song and the inspiration behind the songs. Be prepared to enjoy an evening of professional quality acoustic Americana music. Americana music is a coming together of blues, roots, folk , bluegrass, and country. Lots of room to spread out so bring a friend.
Tim McGeary hails from Naples, Florida where he has lived for the past 20+ years. Tim has been writing songs and performing since the 80’s and was with the band “The Rescue” on AM records and toured with Billy Idol, Roxy Music, Depeche Mode, The Cure and many more. Tim’s songs have been on ( Smallville, One Tree Hill,Glory Days) and movies like, Girl Got Moe (HBO), He has opened for opened for The Black Crows, David Ball, Sherrie Austin, Confederate Railroad, Wet Willie, Rush Low and many more. Tim plays shows in SW Florida, Nashville, and Europe.
Barbara Chamberlain has a passion for playing the guitar and singing harmony. Now that she is back to her beloved Southwest Florida, after some time in Michigan, you might find her performing several decades of multi genre music alone or with friends, while she works towards producing a CD. When not making music with her friends from Naples to Pine Island, she will be saving the bees, kayaking or fishing.
New ACMA member, Ray Boone first arrived in Nashville in the early 80’s. He himself did not come to play music, he came as a music fan and to provide support for his songwriter cousin. His cousin, Larry Boone, was making his mark in country music, as an award winning songwriter and an artist with Mercury Polygram.
Fast forward to 2007, Ray returned to Nashville as an award winning outdoor television producer.He produced RFDTV’s “Music and Motors”, featuring Mike Curb’s NASCAR team and young country music stars in the making. During the making of the TV show Ray was surrounded by songwriters and music makers who encouraged him to write. As a writer he signed with BMI. When a song he penned himself, “Totch Brown”, about a character from the Florida Everglades was being demoed, independent artist Rickie Lee Tanner decided to cut it on his album “This Here.”
A year later country artist, Jake Clayton cut two of his compositions, “Down with That” and “Old Red Barn.”,”How’s that working for you” and “Means Everything”. These can be heard on Jake’s “By the Light of the Moon” and “Quarantine Sessions”CD’s. The “High South” band had it’s first hit with his Co-write “All We Need”
The new Americana Tropical Rock genre fit Ray perfect for his type and influence of Florida Coastal lifestyle. Ray is in good company, writing with several of Nashville’s best and brightest. He penned all his new EP releases of “Native Son” , “Island Songs” and “Legacy” and has co writes with some well-known hit songwriters Phoenix Mendoza, Keesy Timmer and Walker Hayes. His recordings also have been played on television shows “Legacy Trails”, “Ray Van Horn’s Captains Journey” (Sportsman Channel) Family photo frame (PBS) Today Ray lives with his wife Jody in Cape Coral Florida and tours performing Trop Rock Americana festivals, concerts and house concerts.