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In-depth tribute to Pat Ramsey

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Brutus Maximus
Feb 20, 2009 5:10 PM GMT

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Hear former band members of Pat Ramsey & the Blues Disciples talk about Pat from his start with Johnny Winter up until till his untimely passing a few months ago. Jason Ricci will also talk about Pat’s profound influence on his harp playing and on saving his life.

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Feb 20, 2009 6:36 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Thank you for posting this Brutus.

It's a great interview about a great man!

Feb 20, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

There's a link on that page to an interview with Jason, as well. Really interesting.

I'm always amazed at how few harp players have ever heard of Pat Ramsey. That's a real shame, because so many players are afraid to stretch their playing beyond emulating LittleBigGeorgeBoy. Pat has been one of the greatest influences on my playing--not that I'll ever sound "like" him, but I try to incorporate some of his approach to the instrument into my style. I can definitely hear his influence on Jason and on Billy Gibson. Pat introduced a style that was a radical departure from traditional blues--very lyrical, with a fluidity and a virtuosity that reminds me of classical violin, yet still rooted in blues structures. I hear some Paul Butterfield in Pat's playing, to be sure, but most of it was completely and refreshingly original.

Feb 21, 2009 12:40 AM GMT
Mike L Replied:

Thank you very much for posting this. I remain a big fan of Pat Ramsey.

Feb 22, 2009 6:48 PM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

Thanks for posting this here!

Feb 26, 2009 5:53 AM GMT
spud Replied:

I went to the SPAH convention in Kansas City a few years back and Pat (and Jason) was there as a featured player. I had the chance to talk to Pat a little, but my main memory was away from the stage. One night, late, I was wandering around the hotel, looking for whatever music might be going on, and I heard some really wild harp coming from the lobby. I got there and saw Pat and a 17-year-old kid, working out some John Popper stuff. But it was not Pat who was teaching the kid, it was the other way around. This kid's only harmonica exposure was to Popper, so he had assimilated a lot of it and was teaching Pat Ramsey some of those incredibly fast licks. The guy was always trying to learn new stuff, I guess. It was very interesting to watch. His playing at SPAH, by the way, was way good. And yes, I had never heard of him before that and I've been a harp fan for over 30 years.

Feb 27, 2009 10:41 PM GMT
Brown Ale Guy Replied:

Just downloaded and listened on the commute today. Awesome stuff. Had downloaded a few songs previously thanks to hearing of him through Jason, but now need the whole collection. Tough stuff. Sad loss.

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