#Music: Tony Baltimore fits in with strange people

#Music: Tony Baltimore fits in with strange people

By Karri Daley

Tony describes Key West as a body of weird kindred spirits that flock together.

He says, “turn the country on its side, shake it out, and all the strange and cool people sift to the bottom!”

That’s probably why Tony fits in so well down here and feels at home. He’s passionate and one-of-a-kind. Whether Tony is performing covers or original tunes, his music is always charming and groovy.

Tony originally started drumming in third grade. By the time he was 13, he had taught himself to play guitar. In high school, Tony was a jazz drummer but on the side he was involved in several rock bands. Shortly after he decided to branch off to start singing and playing original music of his own.

As an undergrad, Tony studied American History and English Literature. He later received his masters in fine arts for creative writing and publications at the University of Baltimore.

After finishing school and choosing a career in music, Tony was ready to leave his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland and try something new.

Manhattan, Key West, and the possibility of leaving the country were at the top of the list. But wondering what life would be like on the island won out. Of course, he fell in love with Key West and four years later he’s still here rocking out!

In fact, Tony is currently in the process of recording more of his original work at a local studio.

We’re glad that Tony has “sifted” to the bottom of the country with us and we’ll continue to enjoy his original tunes and his covers.

If you would like information on Tony’s new album or to know more about this one-of-a-kind musician, you can find him at: Facebook.com/TonyBaltimoreMusic

Tony performs Tuesday 1 to 4 p.m. at Sunset Pier and Thursday 6 to 10 p.m. at The Conch Republic.

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