The small rural town of Buchanan has not always been known for the arts — but one man is helping to change that.
When Matthew Ramsey was a teen, you could frequently find him in the basement playing an instrument or creating art. In the years to follow, Ramsey would venture to Nashville to become a songwriter. He met some other guys who were there for the same reason. Together, they started the band Old Dominion. The rest is history.
Southwest Virginians are extremely proud of this band — and not only for their music and success. We’re proud of their good hearts, for helping their community and for remembering where they came from.
On Sept. 28, for the ninth year, Ramsey, along with his songwriting friends and some fellow Old Dominion band members, performed in Buchanan at the Nashville Night fundraiser.
The tradition sprang from a conversation between Ramsey and his father, Tom, about how difficult it was to keep the BAMA (Buchanan Area Ministerial Association) food pantry stocked. Ramsey decided that surely he could do something to help — and help he did. The first year, their performance raised approximately $1,000. Since then, approximately $175,000 has been raised.
The event grew so much that the pantry is now fully stocked and overflowing. So Ramsey and his wife, Sara (also a Botetourt County native), started the Ramsey Foundation, which provides resources to rural organizations for daily needs and cultural arts enrichment.