Willis Alan Ramsey in Concert with Robert Cline, Jr. | March 23
Starr's Guitars Presents!
Willis Alan Ramsey in Concert with Robert Cline, Jr.
Saturday, March 23 | 7pm
Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center | Cedaredge, CO
All seats general admission | No paper tickets issued | All tickets will call
Willis Alan Ramsey is pleased to announce that he has secured funding to complete his long awaited follow-up album, with the working title “Gentilly”. Final pre-production began in early March, and he plans to release the new record in the coming year.
Over 40 years after the release of his wildly influential self-titled album on Leon Russell’s seminal Shelter Records, Willis Alan Ramsey returns to touring in advance of a long-anticipated follow-up.
Ramsey’s debut in 1972 earned scores of accolades from artists ranging from The Allman Brothers to Shawn Colvin. The album was mined by many artists for their own projects and performances, including Jimmy Buffett (“Ballad of Spider John”), Jimmie Dale Gilmore (“Goodbye Old Missoula”), Shawn Colvin (“Satin Sheets”), Captain & Tennille (“Muskrat Love/Candlelight”), Jerry Jeff Walker (“Northeast Texas Women”), Waylon Jennings (“Satin Sheets”), New Grass Revival (“Watermelon Man”), and many more.
Since that landmark first release, Ramsey has toured only occasionally, spending time instead with his family, honing his craft in Austin, Nashville and London, educating himself in the science of audio recording and composing new songs, some of which will appear on his upcoming album, Gentilly. His new songs have received critical acclaim as well, including Lyle Lovett’s recordings of “Sleepwalkin’ ” , “North Dakota” and “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)”, cowritten with his wife, Alison Rogers, as well as Eric Clapton’s recent recording of Willis’ “Positively”.
Ramsey’s infrequent personal appearances always garner excitement among some of the top critics in the country as well as from his fellow artists….
“His cozy, orderly, tiny-detail songs express a willful turnabout from hippie chaos, a visceral reaction particular to the early 1970s,” wrote Ben Ratliff for The New York Times. “His songs are sweet, emotionally guarded and often musically complex, fitting strains of melody together that seem as if they ought not connect, expertly using rhythmic displacement as the words and chords unspool…. Perfection is terrifying, and some of these songs felt spooky.”
“Willis Alan Ramsey is living proof that reward and reverence come from quality, not quantity,” says Mario Tarradell of The Dallas Morning News.
“You might not have seen him lately,” writes John T. Davis of The Austin American Statesman, “but if you’ve listened to Shawn, Lyle or Jimmie Dale, you’ve heard him.”
And from No Depression, “Even if Ramsey had made a dozen more albums, this would still be the record that no home should be without.”
“Everybody owned this record when I lived in Austin in 1977. That’s because it’s great and them Texans knew it. I think Lyle is great, but tell me he didn’t learn something from Willis.”—Shawn Colvin
“I learned every song off his record. I went to see him every time he played, got tennis shoes like his. I wanted to be Willis Alan Ramsey.”—Lyle Lovett
Robert began his music career collaborating with members of the Subdudes , while living in Colorado. Cline’s debut album, All The Right Reasonscaptured the sounds and songwriting foundation of American music. Having grownup in Texas, his musical roots were in the Church and in choirs yet embraced the Austin flavors. By blending rich harmonies and grooves, Cline’s passion for the songs came alive in heartfelt country waltzes and ballads.
Following his first studio album, Robert began earning his chops touring as a troubadour and performing with members of the Subdudes and later with backing bands such as The Austin A-Team and The Boys from Muscle Shoals.Cline’s sophomore release, American Mojo, is an “homage to Muscle Shoals,” “oozing with sprit and feel” “through various musical styles” that“reflect Robert’s journey across America”– Americana UK.
The “feels” are just as real, according to Cline. The 13 Track EP was recorded with the legends themselves! Featuring members of "The Swampers” and studio musicians such Spooner Oldham, David Hood, and The Muscle Shoals Horns, (who recorded Hit Songs with artists such as Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Wicked Wilson Picket, even Bob Dylan). The B side of the albumreflects the country heritage of the Shoals, with songs co-written with Earl “Peanutt” Montgomery, songwriter of 73 songs recorded by George Jones and original member of the FAME Gang.
Roots Music Report awarded American Mojo a four out of four starsreview (4/4 STARS), with both single and album charting in the TOP 5! The albumreached #35 on the American Chart with radio air play on over 190 Americanaand country stations.
Since the release of American Mojo, Robert has logged three successful European tours and thousands of miles across the US, gaining national and international reviews.
Robert has written toured and performed with many of his heroes, including:Robert Earl Keen, Buzz Cason, Shelley King, James LeBlanc, Shiny Ribs, Carolyn Wonderland, Delta Moon, Willis Alan Ramsey and many other talented artists.