Friday, 20 August 2010

SPOTLIGHT ON Pat Ramsey & The Blues Disciples

  • Description
    Pat Ramsey is an outstanding harmonica virtuoso and blues singer. Backed by a powerhouse trio, this CD is a must for blues fans.
    Album Notes
    Consultant: Duane Waider
    Re-Mastered by W. Michael Lewis at Wombat Music, Calabasas, CA
    Executiive Producers for SnailWorx: Ray Harris & W. Michael Lewis

    Pat Ramsey, from Shreveport, LA started playing harp at age 17. Johnny Winter heard him, and hired Pat to play harp on his album "White Hot and Blue". This led to work with Butch Trucks' band "Trucks" and a local Tallahassee, FL band called "Crosscut Saw" featuring a 17 year old guitar prodigy, Julian Kasper. After touring with a few other bands, Pat with the help of Julian and some local Memphis musicians, produced the CD "It's About Time". The CD received very strong reviews and Pat began touring as Pat Ramsey and The Blues Disciples.
     Pat's stellar performances with The Blues Disciples were recorded live many times. This CD compilation is from their 2004 shows in Key West, FL.
     Pat Ramsey passed away on Nov. 17, 2008 after a long illness. His music lives on and he is remembered in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.
     Dave Renson started playing guitar at the age of 10. He has played with many of New Orleans' great musicians and has appeared several times at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He worked as a Blues Disciple from 1997 until Pat's untimely death.
     John Wentzien toured with Pat for several years. He hails from Niota, IL
    and has his own blues band, "The Smokin' Mojo Kings".
     Duane Waider played with Pat for 1 1/2 years and left to start his own group "Mad Love". He lives in L.A. and is currently the drummer and lead vocalist for "ICONS The Band".

    Mary-Ann Brandon has recorded with Johnny Winter, Duke Robillard,
    David Olney, Tommy Tutone, Earl Gaines, Roscoe Shelton, Sam Lay. The list goes on!
    She is a three time Grammy nominee in the "Best Blues Release"
    category, and her songs have been used on the Super Bowl broadcast and in commercials.
    Mary-Ann has been a featured performer at the Amsterdam Blues Festival, Poretta Soul Festival, Belgium Blues Night Festival, Trieste Blues Festival, Belinzona Blues Festival, Lucerne Blues Festival, King Biscuit Festival, and the Blues Estafette in Utrecht, Holland. She was the opening act for Albert King on his final European tour.

    Produced by Fred James & Mary-Ann Brandon
    Lead Vocals - Mary-Ann Brandon
    Background Vocals - Teree McCormick, Joann Neal, Fred James
    Piano - Dwight Scott, Joe Turley
    Organ - Fred James
    Guitar - Fred James, Mary-Ann Brandon
    Bass - Mike Doster, Steve Mackey, Fred James
    Drums - Brian Barnett, Chuck Burke, Waldo LaTowsky
    Sax - Jim Hoke
    Engineer - Joe Funderburk
    Re-mastered by W. Michael Lewis at Wombat Music, West Hollywood, CA
    Executive Producers for SnailWorx - Ray Harris & W. Michael Lewis