Steel guitar, Background Singer, Keyboard, Drums, Bass Guitar.



Ross Key has been nominated by ICMA in their 2012 "Best Musician" category.

Versatility coupled with a unique and distinctive style of his own, Key maintains a firm grasp on country music as it was performed by country music legends decades ago. His vocals range from soft and rasping to a hard, driving sound that creates an air of originality. Unlike many in his field, Key doesn't duplicate or mimic. He makes each song his own, performing those songs that touch his heart in some manner.

Key is an entertainer, musician, and songwriter. A member of the CMA, ICMA, ROPE, and Nashville Musicians Club (NMC), and Musicians in Action Guild (MiAG). Represented by BMI Nashville.

Booking: Terry Kelley Productions (205) 483-4074 or email terrykelleyproductions

Screen name:
Ross Key Country
Member since:
Oct 12 2009
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week


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 also has mastered banjo, fiddle, piano, and drums. He plays the mandolin as well. RKC prefers to play acoustic instruments.

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

He's played with and/or fronted for, popular artists such as Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Freddy Fender, Alabama, Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Buffet and many others. RKC later traveled 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 1992 to raise a family in Campbell County, Virginia.

Key now lives in Nashville, Tennessee having left his hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia in July 2011.


6 & 12 string acoustic guitars
Fender Telecaster
Bass guitar



Past Events

Ross Key Country will headline this fundraising benefit concert sponsored by the Musicians In Action Guild Showcase of Nashville. Tickets are on sale now at <a href=""></a>. KID (Kids In Danger) benefit concert will feature some of the best local musicians and bands from Nashville and the surrounding area. A full lineup of a variety of music includes over 17 acts!

ROSS KEY COUNTRY will return to Buena Vista during its Mountain Day Festival to bring back traditional country music and mark the end of his 2010 "Resurrecting Music Row" Tour! You won't want to miss this! New song debut! Join RKC for two shows throughout the day! Beginning at 11:00AM through 6:00PM.

Lots for the whole family.

ROSS KEY COUNTRY will take the stage at the Lenoir City Jamboree tonight from 8:45pm - 9:45pm.

Tickets: $8.00/person or 2/$15.00
Tickets available in advance online at

Ross Key Country will perform live at Uncorked located on Magnolia Ave. in downtown Buena Vista, VA.

Listen in during Ross' appearance on live radio WDHC 92.9 FM broadcasting out of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Among spinning disks, Ross will also perform several songs live, and at least two will be his originals.

Ross Key Country will perform for two hours under the pergola at Captain Tim's Galley located on E. 29th St., in Buena Vista. Come on out and join Ross for an evening of great traditional country music covers performed like no one else.

Ross Key Country and the RKC band will perform live at Boondox in Evington, VA until midnight. Great traditional country music covers and originals. Special guest, Jay Daniels of 3WZFM.

Ross will be the featured guest of Jay Daniels on "Musical Spotlight". Jay will provide a short interview with Ross and feature the traditional country music original song by Ross, Saturday Night. The song has held the #1 position on's local country music chart since January 2010.

Ross Key Country will perform live at the Old Dogs Den in Damascus, VA this afternoon. Come out for some great family fun and entertainment with Ross and the RKC band! Great traditional country music covers and originals.

Join Ross Key Country this evening in Glade Springs, VA at the Five O'clock Bar & Grill for a full band country music explosion of covers and originals!

Join Ross Key Country in Scottsville, VA today for live traditional country music covers and originals until 2:00PM. Staging area in the parking lot of Scottsville Tire Center, intersection of Rts. 6 & 20.

Ross Key Country will perform in Waynesboro, VA this evening until 8:30pm. Come out and enjoy world-chef gourmet meals to the traditional country music covers and originals.

Join Ross Key Country at Moose Lodge 715 in his hometown of Lynchburg, VA for a night of traditional country music covers and originals.

Join ROSS KEY COUNTRY at the 2nd Annual Evington Spring Festival to be held on the grounds at the Evington Ruritan Club. RKC will perform live on stage throughout the day and features Classic Country Karaoke (residents of Evington) to keep the music going non-stop. Lots to do for the entire family.

Food • Music • Art & Craft Vendors • Local Businesses and so much more!
HOURS: 2:00PM - 6:00PM
Sponsored by the Evington Community Association.

Ross Key Country will join area musicians at W&L on this Sunday afternoon to participate in a fundraiser for Haiti. Be sure to come out and support this much needed cause.

CLASSIC COUNTRY KARAOKE will be joined by Ross Key Country for another night of non-stop music. Come on out! Dance and sing the night away! Lots of fun!

Location: 3164 Lowesville Rd., Piney River, VA
Members and qualified guests.

ROSS KEY COUNTRY will be joined by Classic Country Karaoke! This is live music and karaoke all night long. NO "DEAD ZONES"! Dancing is guaranteed so wear those shoes tonight!
*****No Cover*****
Members & qualified guests.
Location: 3164 Lowesville Rd., Piney River, VA

GATOR AND THE SUNDOWN BAND in the hall with guests Ross Key Country and Classic Country Karaoke! This is live music and karaoke all night long and no breaks in the music. Dancing is guaranteed so wear those shoes tonight!

Members & qualified guests.
Location: 3164 Lowesville Rd., Piney River, VA

Ross Key Country will join Classic Country Karaoke tonight from 8pm - 12am for non-stop music. Live music and karaoke all in one night!!! Wear your dancing shoes!

Members & qualified guests.
Located at: 3164 Lowesville Rd., Piney River, VA

January 7, 2010 • 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM • Moose Lodge 715
3207 Lakeside Dr. • Lynchburg, Virginia - LIVE MUSIC
Ross Key Country will kick off the New Year on Thursday night with those drinkin' and cheatin' songs that epitomize great traditional country music! So, grab up your better half, your friends, and family for hours of fun, entertainment, and dancing. Moose members and guests. No cover charge. Featuring duets and solo performances with Brenda. RSVP IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Email: or call 434-382-7090 before December 30, 2009.