BoomTown Saints Interview
By Big Al Weekley for Country Music News international Magazine & Radio Show
BoomTown Saints knows how to bring the party and entertain the fans. Their innovative artistry, elite musicianship, and precise multi-part harmonies makes their high-energy show exceptional from the very first song. Their brand of southern rock/rocking country continues to resonate with a growing fan-base as they crisscross the country entertaining audiences nationwide.
Signed to Muscle Shoals-based 8 Track Entertainment, BoomTown Saints is composed of Chris Ramos and Ben Chism. The fusion of Chris’ energetic stage presence and broad vocal range with Ben’s smooth voice and distinguishable southern drawl yields an undeniable charisma between the two. Consummate entertainers and true road warriors, they have honed their live performance skills playing clubs, frat houses and festivals with the number one objective being “for people to have fun.”
Talented songwriters, singers and musicians, BoomTown Saints is poised to release their debut single on 8 Track Entertainment, “All Trucks Go To Heaven,” in the summer of 2022. “All Trucks Go To Heaven,” a love song rooted in real life, connects at an emotional level. The song was penned by hit songwriters Jeremy Bussey, Taylor Phillips and Benjamin Stennis.
Chris and Ben’s paths first crossed at a gig when they were both performing as solo artists. An immediate synergy between the two quickly developed and led to the formation of BoomTown Saints in 2018. Both proud “girl dads,” the two initially pursued careers outside of music — Chris, as a healthcare consultant climbing the corporate ladder in the pharmaceutical industry, and Ben, who was headed to medical school after graduating with a degree in Biology on a full academic and baseball scholarship. After Ben finished top 10 in the Southeast USA in a nationwide singing competition (Texaco Country Showdown), the tide turned and he decided to take “music over medicine.” Likewise, after getting multiple cuts as a writer on albums ranging from pop, to country, to electronic music, Chris decided to pursue his dream in music and form a band. Like they say, the rest is history.
A multi-instrumentalist by the time he was 10 years old, Chris mainly plays piano and guitar while Ben mostly plays acoustic guitar. “Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight have always been my favorite two artists,” commented Chris. “I was raised around a lot of blues and jazz, so moving toward the R&B side of music was a fairly natural step. Anybody who hears me play even country songs on an acoustic while singing alone will hear those influences come through.” Ben added, “I’ve always loved Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn, Eric Church, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer like these guys. they have a way of bringing you into the show on the first note.