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We’re home from the tour! Thank you to everyone who came out to support us. If you haven’t been following, I kept a detailed blog of our experiences and travel adventures at


MUSIC VIDEO – we’ve been in the process of filming a brand new music video for the song “Lord Knows We’ve Got Time” off of our soon to be released new record “Here We Go”! More details on this as it nears completion over the next month or so. The preliminary footage is STUNNING!

9/13/10 Hey Guys,

-I’m hitting the road for a series of shows over the next few weeks, in support of my new album! The dates are listed below.


-More Immediate updates with


Sep 14 2010 5:00P/4:00P Central WMOM 102.7 – Radio Interview Ludington, MI

Sep 14 2010 7:00P Redolencia Coffee House Ludington, MI

Sep 17 2010 TBA TBA Maine

Sep 18 2010 8:00P The Lizard Lounge Cambridge, MA

Sep 19 2010 8:00P The Burren Somerville, MA

Sep 20 2010 8:00P The Lizard Lounge Cambridge, MA

Sep 21 2010 9:00P Banjo Jims New York, New York

Sep 23 2010 7:00P Burlap and Bean Newton Square, PA

Sep 28 2010 6:00P MS Run The US – Special Event New York, New York

If you can make it to one (or more 🙂 ) of these events, I’ll be thrilled to see your familiar face!

See you out there!



GREAT NEWS! I was on Milwaukee radio today!. I recently performed live in the studio and was interviewed on the program “Lake Effect” at WUWM 89.7. In case you couldn’t tune in Monday Morning around 10:40AM, don’t worry, it’s available here by clicking this link, Tony on WUWM 89.7, or by visiting their website:


Be sure to tune in to Milwaukee radio FM 106.1 on Sunday evenings around 10pm. My songs have been receiving some airplay! Please call in and request “Michigan Is Getting Closer” and “Home.” Thank You!!!


Very unfortunate news… Our friends at Winesteins have sadly had to close the doors to the restaurant. Thank you so much to Winesteins for providing me with a place to share my music for the last few years. We’ll miss you guys.


As of yesterday, my song “Michigan Is Getting Closer” is the #1 MOST REQUESTED SONG at 102.7 WMOM! PLEASE continue to call 231-843-1027 to request it. It only takes a moment and it’s really working!!!! Listen to the live webstream at

Thank you!


ANNOUNCING 10 DATE FALL TOUR! Lesleigh and I will be hitting the road this September and heading to the east coast. So far, we have 3 dates confirmed in Boston! I’ll keep you posted as more dates are confirmed. Continue checking our itinerary here at for a complete up-to-date listing of shows!


I’ve signed off on the final mixes for the new album (To be released this fall)! It’s ready for Mastering. I’ll keep you posted on more specific updates as they arise. 🙂


In case you missed it. Milwaukee’s NBC affiliate, Today’s TMJ4, did a spectacular story on the debut of TONY Memmel & His Band at Summerfest 2010, the World’s Largest Music Festival!

Here’s the link. Thanks to reporter, Charles Benson, Special Projects Producer, Stephanie Graham, and the outstanding photojournalism that made this story special on a very busy news day.


THANK YOU to those who supported us at Summerfest today! What a great day 🙂


Hey Guys,

June 24th is going to be a huge day!!!!!!! We’re playing Summerfest tomorrow (in Milwaukee, WI)! WEAR YOUR TONY MEMMEL T-SHIRTS, IF YOU HAVE ONE!!! If you don’t have one, no worries, you can get yours at the show :). The band is really rockin’ and we’re excited to see you:

Tony Memmel & His Band at The Refugee Stage (South End of the Lake Walk, straight back from the Main Entrance near the Potawatomi Stage – “C” on Summerfest Map) Thursday June 24th, 2010 6PM (Stick around after we play, it’s a great spot to catch the Fireworks at dusk!!!)

Carpe Diem, Tony

p.s. Sorry for the delays in news updates. Our webmaster has been ill but is recovering very well, we’re glad to have him back and working with us on keeping you up to date here!

p.s.s. On a side-note, way to go U.S. Soccer!



I announced a few weeks ago that the band and I are hitting the studio again to record what will be my 3rd Full-Length album! Brian (drums), Lesleigh (keyboards and vocals), and I (guitar, vocals, etc.) are returning to Ark Studios in Menasha, WI – The same studio where we recorded “Potter Road” last year. We’ll also be working with Nathan Edwards as our engineer, again.

While some things will be similar to the past, we will be doing A LOT of new and exciting things with this record. We’ll be having a few new guests join us in the studio and… a whole lot more. I don’t want to give away all of the album’s intricacies and secrets; I simply hope to inform you that it’s coming and that you should be excited.

I’ve been really fortunate to have a fan base that has supported me through the last two years (It’s been a little over two years since the release of my debut album “The Tale of an Underdog”). There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and tears invested in the album to come (literally there has been blood, sweat and tears, in regards to this new record (haha)).

I’m going to do my best to keep you posted on how the recording process is going. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers this weekend, as we’ll all be doing a lot of traveling and all trying to use our gifts and talents to bring you what we believe is some truly special music!

Have a great weekend! We’ll be thinking of you while we record! Tony

**If you don’t have “Potter Road” or “The Tale of an Underdog” yet, this may be a good time to update your Tony Memmel “collection” 😉


Hello Friends and Family

As many of you know, This past fall, I made my way to the East Coast for my first U.S. Tour. One of my most successful stops was in Boston, MA. I won a weekly “Open Mic Competition” at a place called The Lizard Lounge. The open mic consisted of playing 3 of my songs against 25+ other performers and I was very fortunate to share the stage with so many great artists.

I’ve been invited back to compete again against other musicians who have competed and won in their respective weeks. I’m anxious to make the trip and just honored to have been invited. I’m looking forward to seeing/hearing some more awesome talent!

So, there are 2 opportunities to see me in Boston in the coming weeks!-If you’re in the Boston area, the Finalists open mic competition night is on Saturday April 10, at 7pm (See my calendar or The Lizard Lounge’s Calendar for more details). If you’re in that area it would be really awesome to see you. (I’ll also be playing there again on April 12th for the regular weekly competition)!

If you can’t make it to Boston this time, keep me in your thoughts (and if you pray) in your prayers. I’m really excited to be heading back to this awesome city and to be a part of what I see is a great opportunity!

Thanks for reading and for your continued support. I couldn’t be doing this without all of the help from you guys. I hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday.

Tony (3/23/10)

Chicago Radio Show

Hey Guys,

If you weren’t able to catch my interview/performance on Chicago Radio’s Razor and Di Show, last week, you can stream or download it here. (My portion of the show starts at 17 minutes) Check it out and please leave a note!

Click This Link To Listen To The Whole Show With All The Guests:

Have a spectacular day!



Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I wanted to let you know right away that we’ve just secured some dates to hit the studio again this coming April-May! We’ll be working on a full-length album with Nate Edwards manning the controls. Stay tuned for much much more!

Cheers Tony

“Remember, one drop of Irish is 100 proof” My Grandma Pat


A friend of mine is working for a website called He recently reviewed my first album “The Tale of an Underdog.” It is SO generous and well written. Take a look, check it out, comments are much appreciated!

______________________________________________________________________________ Tony Memmel – Tale of an Underdog (2008) Feb 14, 2010 4:45pm By chains0109

Tony Memmel is a local artist from Milwaukee, WI. You can check out his music on iTunes, Amazon, and you can check out his personal website at This is a review of his first album: Tales of an Underdog.

I first met Tony Memmel in the Spring of 2008 when he was performing his Senior Recital to complete his music major degree at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The performance of material ranging from show tunes to classical pieces and on was amazing, but what really stood out in my mind was the encore where Tony brought out his guitar and played two selections from his first album: Train Song and A Soldier in London (1943). I knew I had to hear more, and I wanted to see what this artist would do in the future. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of calling Tony and his wife Lesliegh (who joins The Tony Memmel Band on his second album, which I’ll review on a later date) friends, and Tony has recently just completed his first tour. Out of my great respect and admiration for Tony as an artist I decided to write my first music review on Tony’s first CD: The Tale of an Underdog.

The best music, in my opinion, that a singer, songwriter, musician can sing, write, or play is music that you can feel. Some of the greatest singer/ songwriters are great because they bear their soul to the audience from Billy Joel to Paul Simon, from John Lennon to Elton John. Tony Memmel is a singer songwriter who truly belongs in a class with these heroes of the form. Writing autobiographically on his debut album, you truly feel every word that he sings, every note that he strums on guitar strikes on the piano or plays on the harmonica.

But truly refreshingly is the fact that he does this without a single hint of pretentiousness and a lack of the depression we see in most music coming out nowadays. A perfect example of this is the song Back to Milwaukee where he sings, “I knew a girl just before her/ She used to lie to me and loved seeing me down/ And I’m never going back to her town,” because he tells us right before that, “I met a girl from Milwaukee/ I got to know her the second time around/ And she makes me feel safe and sound.” Tony’s music is upbeat and optimistic without ever seeming too much so. You could easily see a group of drunk men singing the songs around a jukebox as you could see a kid just enjoying the music in their room.

That brings another great point to his music: it’s universal. He doesn’t pander to audiences, but plays music that everyone can enjoy and have fun listening to at a party, at a bar, in the car, or people just looking for great music to listen to. You can tell influences from Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Elton John, and so on, but Tony makes the music his own. The music sounds unique and fresh while also sounding dated enough so that everyone who listens to the album feels as though they know, or should know, the songs and be able to join in. Some of the songs feel as though they should be traditional American or Old World songs that have been handed down to us through the years, but at the same time they feel as though they’re Tony’s own.

One of the things about this album that really gives you that feeling is the bare bones production. Yes, it’s a very professional recording, but most of the songs just feature Tony on guitar and vocals. A master move, this is a move that really gives the album a working class man feel. Naturally, this also shines a light on Tony’s talent as well, he plays all the instruments on the album; the only exception being the guitar solo on A Soldier in London (1943). This is truly a masterstroke, while probably not intentionally, that shows he’s really working for the respect he earns from everyone who listens to his music. And the lyrical quality of his music really shows an intelligence and wit that has been missing from a lot of recent contemporary music.

I highly recommend Tony Memmel’s first CD to everyone that I can. This is the consistency of quality that I believe we’re all looking for when it comes to the music we listen to, and I believe we really want it from an artist who is really working to gain our respect. I might be a friend of the artist, but this was a truly critical viewpoint of the music from a truly amazing artist. If you want to know more about Tony Memmel and his music check out […], and feel free to fan or friend him here on Facebook. I hope you enjoy!


Hello! We’re back from our mission trip to New Orleans. Lesleigh and I (and 30+ others) spent a week doing relief work for victims of Hurricane Katrina. I kept a blog of all of my experiences. Click on “Blog of an Underdog” in the left column of this page to read more about our experiences.

Stay tuned for lots more!


Hey Guys,

I hope you’re doing well and having a good new year so far. Thank you for your continued interest in receiving emails from me.


DO YOU HAVE MY NEW ALBUM? SOMETHING INTERESTING: Do you have my new album “Potter Road”? If not, this is a perfect time to buy. If you buy online from, CDBaby will donate $1 from all of the sales to the victims of the Earthquake in Haiti. They’ll be doing this over the next couple of weeks. I will also be donating a percentage of my sales from live shows and the internet to the victims of the earthquake.

NEW ORLEANS: My wife, Lesleigh, and I are heading to New Orleans, LA this coming weekend to participate in a Hurricane Katrina Relief Trip. We’re both very much looking forward to going to do our part to help the hurricane victims from several years ago.

It’s especially interesting timing considering that the New Orleans Saints just qualified for their first Super Bowl ever. We are really looking forward to meeting people and participating in the rebuilding process.

MILWAUKEE AREA SHOW THIS WEEKEND: There’s going to be a really fun show this Friday night. I’d love to see a big crowd! Good atmosphere, drinks, and music all night, it’s going to be a fun evening.


Tony Memmel and Brian Farvour (2/3 of Tony Memmel and His Band) Waukesha Eagles Club 1/29/10 Free 21+ 8pm-12am

Bring your friends. Its going to be a fun night. See you there!

I hope you have a great rest of your week. You can always check for current news and info.

Take Care, Tony


Brian Farvour, the drummer in Tony Memmel & His Band, took the liberty to film some of our set at our December 12, 2009 show in Green Bay. The footage is at The Attic, a great place to play!

The song is “Big Houses, Expensive Dogs” off of my new album “Potter Road” (available now, click here to get your copy).

We hope you enjoy the video! Be sure to watch all the way to the end, there’s a great Rock & Roll climax in the middle of the song! Enjoy! Please Rate the video and comment! Thanks 🙂

Thank You for taking this footage Brian! (1/7/10)

My new year has started well. I just accepted a position at my church playing music for a service. The service is called “Monday Night Cafe” and is in a relaxed coffee shop type format. Coffee and snacks are served, folks in attendance sit at tables, music is unplugged and acoustic. It’s very relaxed…

The service is every Monday at 7PM at Ascension Lutheran Church in Waukesha, WI. If you’re in the area and are interested, you should come out sometime. It’d be great to see some familiar faces.

Ill be adding the dates to my shows calendar, and I just wanted to clarify what it’s all about.

Be well and Have a great weekend!


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