Tony Basley (ASCAP) began his musical career at age fifteen, playing with Rockin' Horse, a 50's & 60's cover band, based in his home town of Ashland, Wisconsin. When most moms are busy hauling kids to soccer games, his mother would drive him and his drums to and from gigs. She would say he began his career at two when he would pull all the pots and pans out of the cupboards and play them like drums with wooden spoons.
Tony continued to play with numerous bands over the years, that is, until being fed up with the music business, he attempted to retire in 2001. This is when he was called to play with a new band forming to write and release an original album. Eleven years and three albums later, EasyChair still enjoys global success. The members have moved on to other projects, but still manage to perform together occasionally.
After almost three decades behind the drums, Tony Basley moved to the front of the stage for a much anticipated solo album, Callipygous, which was released in September 2007 on Kalos Records. The Country-Bluesy-Rock album has been described as: "whiskey drinkin', butt kickin' country." Recording for the album began in the summer of 2006 at Soundworks Recording Studio, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Callipygous includes two new versions of the songs "Heavy Duty Lover" and "What I Know Now," which were written by Tony, and recorded on the first two EasyChair albums. Also included are covers of four 70's classics: "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)? by Looking Glass, "Take a Letter Maria" by R. B Greaves, "Shanty" by Jonathan Edwards, and "Why Don't We Get Drunk (and Screw)" by Jimmy Buffett. Tony wrote two new songs for Callipygous, "Angel from Hell," and "White Trash Barbie Doll." The CD and downloads are available on all major music sites.
In 2010, the Tony Basley Band film a scene for the movie "Big Star." In the scene, the band performs the song "What I Know Now." While the movie was never released, the band got a great video out of the deal. The video can be seen on YouTube.
In 2011 he penned the book "How to Make it Small in the Music Business-The survival guide for the beginning band." In this book, Tony Basley shares his more than 26 years of experience as a musician, manager, agent, engineer, writer, and producer in order to help educate fledgling musicians with some of the common questions and pitfalls of the music business. The book is available in paperback and electronic versions on Amazon.com.
In addition to his musical career, Tony served twelve years as a Combat Engineer in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, ending his service in 1999 as a Staff Sergeant. He returned to service on 2008 and is currently serving in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a supply officer. He earned a Vocational Diploma in Electronics from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, as well as, a Bachelor's degree in Management, and a Master's degree in Technology Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.