Tony Rosario is a true son of the soil. Born and raised on the high plains of Eastern Colorado/ Western Nebraska, his earliest influences musically were as many as the stations on the radio dial - from Hank Williams and The Carters (WSM) to Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder , and Jethro Tull (KOMA- Oklahoma City). Tonys career of over 25 years in the music industry includes stints with the seminal rock group Firefall, new age cowboy artist Chuck Pyle, and recording artist Michael Johnson. He is highly acclaimed as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, recording artist, performer, producer, and teacher. He has appeared in concert with such artists as Gov't Mule, John Cowan, Shawn Colvin, Richie Furay, Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark, New Grass Revival, Firefall, and Delbert McClinton.
His songs have been recorded by artists such as Randy Travis, Wynonna Judd , and Suzy Boguss.Tony has received critical acclaim from USA Today, Las Vegas Sun Times, Le Monde-Paris -France, The Rocky Mountain News, The Geneva Free Press-Switzerland, The Boulder Daily Camera, and the Telluride Watch , etc.
He began playing local bars and dance halls in Eastern Colorado as a green teen at 14. His Mom had to drive him to gigs. "It was very sweet of her and a little embarrassing to me at the time" he recalls. Tony moved to the bright lights of Boulder in the late 80s and was soon playing with and recording with artists Firefall and Chuck Pyle. A songwriter at heart , Tony garnered the attention of MCA /Crosswind Publishing in Nashville.
In 1990 Tony moved to Nashville and signed to MCA Publishing as a writer. In 1992 he went to work for Polygram Publishing. 1994 found him in Montreaux, Switzerland, for Polygram, performing for a month at the legendary Casino de Montreaux (think ¡Smoke on the Water¡). While performing there he caught the attention of French Artist Jean-Pierre Huser, who invited him to return to Switzerland to help out with his newest (21st) album. Within a few months Tony became much in demand in the European recording scene, working with artist Patrick Moraz (YES) and Frances Cabral (France). He returned to the States in 1996 and to Colorado in 2000. He quickly became a local favorite in Telluride and Southern Colorado, performing concerts with John Cowan, Shawn Colvin, Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes, etc. In 2008, Tony was a performer at both the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. He now performs acoustically,¨ a very blues and soul infested style", and also with a blues/rock & roll trio Trutone and the Pour Boyz¨