Saturday, June 07, 2014

Witty, introspective lyrics and a history: Willis Alan Ramsey performs at Fairfield Studios on Sun, June 8, 7 pm

"Singer/songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey is a cult legend among fans of Americana and progressive Texas country," writes Russell Brabham. "Blending folk, country, and pop with witty, introspective lyrics, Ramsey recorded a critically acclaimed debut album for Leon Russell's Shelter label in 1972. It was one of the first albums by the new school of Austin singer/songwriters that would come to be tagged "progressive country" (Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt among them). However, Ramsey subsequently disappeared from music, owing to conflicts with his label and a general distaste for the business."

But he's back. " I was seeing him in little clubs when I was at SMU in 1970-1973. Can't wait to see him in this pristine format," adds Brabham.

1510 Fairfield Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana.(318) 933-2514. $25.

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