Mary Everhart, a Blues Hall of Fame Ambassador, will present Clyde Ramsey (Pat's son), with the certificate recognizing Pat as a member of the Blues Hall of Fame during the 3rd Annual Pat Ramsey Memorial Big Bend Hospice Benefit concert on Oct. 15, 2011. What a fine honor for Pat!
This legendary album, recorded in 1980, was the only studio record by the infamous North Florida band, Crosscut Saw. The original vinyl has become a collector's item fetching hundreds of dollars. Crosscut Saw terrorized the club and concert circuit in the late '70s and early '80s. The virtuoso pairing of late harmonic ace and singer Pat Ramsey and guitarist Julien Kasper backed by the grinding rhythm section of brothers Mike and Steve Howell had a rabid cult following rivaled by few Florida bands.
This album was illegally released in 2005 by the shady Italian Akarma label with a back date on the copyright to attempt avoiding compensating the artists, songwriters, and publishers. This new digital-only release is the only edition fully licensed, and authorized by the surviving members of Crosscut Saw. This official release is dedicated to the memory of Pat Ramsey.
There will be a benefit concert for Big Bend Hospice in Pat Ramsey's memory on Friday, Oct. 23rd at the American Legion, Lake Ella.
Debbie Ramsey wanted to give back to the Hospice for the great care they gave to Pat in the final days of his life and has been working very hard on this benefit. Please pass the word to all your friends and hope to see all of you there.
There will be 5 bands donating their time for this great cause: Roadhouse, Trigger Happy, The Swingin' Harpoon Band, Pepper Drive (featuring Pat's son Clyde Ramsey) and The Blues Disciples making a return to the stage after a one year layoff.
Although we surely didn't find them all, we've collected some blog links, articles, memories and condolence messages from around
the web and assembled them here and in PDF format. The PDF may not be as up-to-date.
Today I write to let you all know that a man who has been more of a real father to me than my own and one of the most important
innovators and players of this instrument has died today at 3:11 pm after a long, painful, and frustrating battle with Hep C.
Pat Ramsey is in my book the very first real rock and roll harmonica player to play the blues. Pat played what he heard those
musicians around him do, they were not harp players. That's how he came up with the sound he had. He never cared about harmonica
licks or other players, although he loved, admired and appreciated them all very much, Pat was interested in creating music and
navigating his instrument the way other musicians do like Johnny Winter, Julian Kasper, Walter Trout and so many other greats
he didn't care about trends, industry behaviors or anything else besides the music he was making. He just played and the way
he played made me move from Maine to Memphis in 1995 to be at every one of his shows and learn from him. What I learned was so
much more than scales, licks, and ways to navigate different chord changes.
I learned slowly and stubbornly, how to try and start being an accountable human being and take responsibility for my actions
at least the ones that were getting me in trouble. Because of Pat I learned I was a drug addict. He never once pointed a finger
at me either.Never even told me directly that he thought that. He simply told me stories about himself and his past that were
exactly the same mistakes I was making and would make and even though I didn't listen much I remembered them like nightmares.
Those stories became a sort of check list for me as the years, crimes, nights in jail and failed ventures and relationships piled
up until I could no longer be in all out denial anymore. Pat was patient, loving and always available for me even when I was
strung out at 4:00 in the morning. The people I hang with now call this "planting the seed". When I turned myself into the
cops for a crime I had not even been caught, suspected or charged for in order to get into jail where I knew I could be away
from the drugs for the most part, I did it with Pat's guidance and the only person besides my mother who bothered to write me
(and I didn't even deserve anyone in my life!) was Pat Ramsey. He sent me Shirts, hats, and smokes. My mail was screened in there
because it was this boot camp like scenario offered for individuals that wanted help instead of simple incarceration. Pat's letters
after being screened were more than once read aloud to the all the inmates as an example of positive living. That's how powerful
a person he was.
I would be nowhere in my music, my life or my sobriety without the guidance of this incredible individual named Pat Ramsey who
truly never got his due. Pat's love obviously extended much beyond me he was a huge influence on Sean Costello who I came to
know through Pat when he appeared on Pat's first solo record: "It's about time" in 1995. Sean was fifteen years old and Pat knew
before almost anyone how talented he was. Sean's playing on that record to date is still ground breaking as the record itself
remains so as well. Billy Gibson is the young man who I first heard at blues city café in 1995 on a jam night that after
stepping down from the stage and accepting my compliments, told me: "You think I'm good....Wait till you hear this next guy." Billy
went on to produce that record ("It's about time") and hire the young Costello. Pat never had the opportunity to touch as many
players as even I have had. Some of that is bad luck, music business bullshit, and some of it is just plain Pat's fault, but
those he did touch remained changed forever in a way that very few players have ever been able to do. I am one of those. Pat
would have crowds gathered around him on Beal ST. in between sets laughing and hanging on his every word as he told music business
war stories, Jokes and tales of Johnny Winter, and the Allman Brother with his pessimistic and cynical sense of humor. He may
have appeared bitter and he certainly was often, but he never gave up, never lost the love of music and always inspired and demanded
Pat was very sick for many years with Hep C, The Interferon never worked, back problems and other medical ailments plagued him
without pause until finally early this summer he was hospitalized, after that it has been a painfully slow winding down process
and in one way his death has come as a gift, as it has ended his suffering at last. Five fays ago he was moved from his house
to hospice. I got to spend some time with him, Jimmy and Clyde Ramsey two weeks ago. I had never met Jimmy Ramsey before so that
was cool too. Pat looked like he was 90 years old and was very sick. He was in good spirits for the most part, I gave him a Joe
Spiers harp, and some bread we had raised for him at our Nathan P Murphy's Benefit. Pat was well enough to get a little jealous
of me that I was going on tour with Walter Trout but then congratulated me of course. It would have been unlike him to not be
a little pissed at that and he certainly does in many way deserve to be doing this tour instead of me. We called Walter that
day too, Pat had never met him but was a big fan and very much a peer and kindred spirit. Walter made Pat feel great and Pat
seemed to be in perfect working order at least for that phone call! Pat told Walter: "I love what you have done for this music"!
Pat was only in Hospice for a little over a week. His drummer Steve Howell has been incredible, keeping everyone informed sometimes
two or three times Dailey, taking care of Pat every day and being an incredible help to the family. Steve has been a hero through
out all of this and has my utmost admiration, respect and gratitude! Steve Howell is an incredible human being and friend to
all of us! Without Steve Pat's passing would have been very hard on me in many ways too personal for me to describe here.
Pat is survived by his two son's James (Jimmy) and Clyde Ramsey (Who sings and plays just like his Dad) and his wife. He will
be missed but never forgotten his influence serves to date as the skeletal structure behind everything I play. To Pat: my friend,
the man who called me his "Son", my mentor I commend your life and your music here in print now and in every positive word I
speak, and every note I will ever play and most I have already, God Bless You and Thank you Sir for your Love, creativity, strength
guidance and appreciation for truth. Play on in heaven where no one will care how many notes you play only if they count, and
you made them all count here on earth. Thank you my Father! So much of this story is about me and others as a life so often is.
I am proud to write this here, and very proud to have known this man. I have shouted it my whole carrer from the stage, on you
tube and to any one who will listen. He lives on in me and in you. Go buy some records at http://patramsey.com do your homework
and get that man in your harmonica vocabulary. You can also donate money to his family there as well. To the "Reverend" Pat Ramsey
as Billy called you. We miss you already my friend.
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Rest In Peace Pat Ramsey
30 years and 6 months ago I had a dream that changed my life. When I awoke I knew my life was about to change but
didn't know why. My first thought was, (and I remember this so clearly) that I had to call my brother and ask what was up and
all I knew at that time is, that it was something to do with music. When Mike answer the phone, I told him of my dream
and his reply was that, he just joined a band in Tallahassee called Crosscut Saw and the front man was a fellow by the
name of Pat Ramsey who had just joined the band himself 6 or 8 months earlier. I told him I didn't know why but that's
suppose to be my gig. I didn't know who Pat Ramsey was or for that matter anything about the blues, White, Hot & Blue or
anything else. Mike then told me that their drummer had just quit the band (which happened to be the night of my dream) . I
said to Mike that I wanted that gig. He had tapes of my playing from when we were kids and just learning how to play and
said he would play them for the band, and for Pat, then he would get back to me. Pat liked what he heard and told Mike
that if I wanted the job I was hired. I think his words were, "well he can at least keep a beat".
One problem, I was in Seattle Washington
I needed to be there in 10 days for the next gig, I didn't have a car, had to leave my girlfriend with a crazy story of this
dream and it was what I had to do.
My brother told me to go out and buy " White, Hot, & Blue" and learn all the songs on this lp. So I did
My next trip was one I still remember like a bad dream. I bought a bus ticket, packed my drums in a cardboard box and put them
under a Greyhound bus for a 5 and a half day journey to a town called Tallahassee Fl.. Got robbed along the way
in Houston TX. arrived in town with no money and from the looks I had thought I went back in time 20 years.
It was May 1979 and I was practicing pretty hard under the direction of my brother Mike who basically put me in training. You
see, I hadn't played or picked up any drum sticks in 3 years and I had a lot of catching up to do.
I knew good harmonica players, I heard Whammer Jammer when I was 12 on the radio and remember thinking it was one of the
coolest songs I had ever heard. My first gig was at Kents Lounge back when they had a sliding glass door for their drive through.
I was right in front of that door and all I can remember was how many people there was and that I was playing under pure emotion
with no idea what I was doing. Pat and the band was very patient with me as we went on to become one of Tallahassee
hottest groups. I was so young and so was he. I could fill up this page with names of great artist, musicians, people that
have changed my life from this man over all the years. And the stories he would tell, I heard them all and can probably
tell them as well as he could now. We had them numbered and when we were driving, and it would be just the two of us, he'd tell
me the same stories over and over again. I'd laugh because they were just as funny or as interesting as the first time
I had heard them.
I always enjoyed playing drums for Pat Ramsey. It was always like a concert when we played, we weren't a dance band.
I remember in the earlier days, most people in Tallahassee were a bit on the Red side and all we heard was, " Can
you play anything we can dance to"
A gig was a gig was a gig... so many stories I could write a book.
Some of my best memories are from when we opened up for Johnny Winter. Pat was always so nervous on those nights, but you could
never tell in his playing or singing. He was always trying to impress Johnny and always wanted to be in his band so badly.
I remember one night back in 1980, we were at the Agora Ballroom in Atlanta, Johnny Winter was playing and they were touring
the "White Hot & Blue" LP. One problem was, we were in the audience and Johnny never called Pat up to play. I remember
seeing tears in his eyes that night as they were playing "Last Night" & " Honest I Do". After the show Pat got a message
to Johnny's people and they told us (the band) that we would get to meet this great man. When we got to where everyone
was, there were so many people we couldn't even get in the door. I looked at Pat and saw that he was thinking he wasn't going
to see his friend that night. Someone walked out of his dressing room waded through all the people until he found Pat and
escorted us through all these people to meet Johnny. It wasn't a "hello, it was great to see you, goodbye" type of thing. It
was two brothers meeting and sharing thoughts and stories as we were there for some 2 hours. Pat was beaming after we left, and
all the people we waded through to get there were gone, they didn't get the chance on this night, it was Pats night.
I could go on and on.
Pat Ramsey was my best friend and once he told me that I was closer to him then his own brother. He was in many ways closer
to me then my brother too, as we shared so many memories together. His two sons call me Uncle Steve. I will miss his singing,
his playing of the harmonica, his stories .
But what I will miss the most is when he introduced me to someone he always said...
"This is my drummer, Steve Howell"
He did that to the doctor at the hospice house right before he died and it made me smile. Pat couldn't talk at all the last
few days of his life, but he was always trying to tell me something . He finially got those words out right before he took
his last breath, looked at me and said, "I loved you"
On Monday November 17, 2008 at 3:11 PM Pat Ramsey left this world. Pat was a singer, harmonica virtuoso, my first musical mentor, and one of my closest friends. Pat and I, along with Mike and Steve Howell, were the musical brotherhood known as Crosscut Saw.
Pat joined Crosscut Saw shortly after I signed on. He was fresh off the road with Butch Trucks and had recently recorded “White Hot and Blue” with Johnny Winter. I was sixteen and the rest of the band in their late twenties or early thirties. Whatever our ages, Pat was musically out of our league. However, from our very first rehearsal, he saw my potential and pushed me to grow. Pat, the newcomer, used his heavyweight credentials to bluntly revoke the other guitarist’s solos in order to give them to me. This created discontent and personnel changes that eventually created the lineup that toured extensively, built a strong following, and recorded an album. Watching and listening to Pat on stage night after night was inspiring and motivating. No matter how exhausted (or inebriated) he gave body and soul to every harmonica solo and vocal performance. Having to support and follow Pat raised the bar for us. He gave me on the job training on every element of musicianship but his most important lesson was the importance of bringing absolute commitment to everything you play. By the time I was 18 Pat and I were going toe to toe and our friendly high energy competition was one of the primary elements that made Crosscut Saw such a compelling band. As my musical direction shifted towards jazz and an inevitable departure, Pat gave me his support and his understanding. As an innovator on his instrument he empathized with my need to push boundaries.
Pat was also extremely funny and exceptionally intelligent. He was outspoken about politics and loved to rant and rave. He obsessed over the weather (we called him “the weatherman”). He loved to hunt and fish. He loved wild women and they loved him. Like many musicians of his era his issues with alcohol and substance abuse are no secret and brought about his eventual demise. I miss Pat terribly but when I think of him, just as I feel the tears, I smile.
Crosscut Saw in the 70's. From left to right: Steve Howell, Julien Kasper, Mike Howell, Pat Ramsey
Remembering an old friend: Johnny Winter and the entire JohnnyWinter.com community send their condolences to the
friends of family of harmonica master Pat Ramsey, who died November 17 at the age of 55 following an extended illness. Johnny's
long-time fans will remember Pat's tremendous contributions to Johnny's 1978 masterpiece White Hot & Blue.
Here's a note I got from Graham Drout of IKO IKO just a few minutes ago. I'm sure he'd like to share his thoughts.
Pat Ramsey passed away November 17, 2008, at 3:11 pm, ET. Considered by many to be the greatest of the Rock ‘n’ Roll harp players, Ramsey fought a long hard battle with Hepatitis C.
Since his work with Johnny Winter in the late 1970s, on Winter’s White Hot & Blue CD Pat Ramsey had been playing and touring for the last 20 some years. His hot harmonica was matched only by his powerhouse vocals. Not too many could sing the Blues without trying to sound like someone else. Pat Ramsey was one of those few.
Next week BluesWax will be holding our own tribute to the master harp player Pat Ramsey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and fans.
I met Pat Ramsey one Tuesday night at Sloppy Joes in Key West Back in 1980. We had heard that his band, Cross Cut Saw from Tallahassee, Florida was one kick ass group and well worth the drive from Miami. John Wenzel, Bob Hemphill and I drove four hours to see them. Pat had this very young guitar player named Julien Kasper ( who joined IKO IKO in 1989 for a two year run.) And we have been friends ever since.
The next time we saw Pat was up in Tallahassee two years later when we all played a show at the Leon County Auditirium with B.B. King and Bobby Bland. Pat planned a pic-nic in our honor.
Larry Williams told a story about a very young teen ager knocking on his hotel room door in Denver, Colorado back in 1972 looking to meet James Harman and learn some harmonica moves. James and larry invited him in and spent the afternoon playing and hanging out with Pat Ramsey. Pat wasn't old enough to get in the bar but he could hang out side and hear the band.
Pat played at Tobacco Road a number of times over the years and we would cross paths all across Florida from Pensicola to Key West. He was a great artist, performer, singer, friend and human being.
We had another weekend of some pretty diverse stuff with Albert Cummings Blues/rock fretwork on Thursday, JB's Zydeco throwdown on Friday, and the unique and superb North Mississippi Hill country blues of Cedric Burnside and Lightin' Malcolm on Saturday.
All of that is overshadowed by the passing of Pat Ramsey on Monday afternoon. Pat was a mainstay in the Tallahassee music scene dating back to the '70's and Crosscut Saw. It didn't take long for him to become nationally renowned for his fiery and energetic harp playing, including touring and recording with Johnny Winter.
He never left the Blues and ultimately founded Pat Ramsey & The Blues Disciples, embarking on a long term gig with the core of Dave Renson on guitar and Steve Howell on drums, with Eloise Davis joining the group on bass a number of years ago. Pat was a regular at Dave's CC Club and the BBC, and played most of the festivals held on the grounds. Pat shared the corner stage with the best of the country's Blues harp players including Charlie Musselwhite, Kim Wilson, Rick Estrin, Mark Hummel and James Harmon. He left a musical legacy among many protégés including his son Clyde, Jason Ricci, and Sean Costello, and the countless musicians throughout the country who have called Pat their friend. He truly was a crowd favorite in Tallahassee and drew some of the largest crowds and the most numerous sold-out shows the BBC has had.
Tallahassee was blessed that Pat called this town home and allowed thousands of people to share his shows and music. Its hard to believe that he has left us. His table top portrait (appropriately signed by dozens of folks who played with Pat over the years) will be on display at the Museum of Florida History from November. 20 through March. It is quite fitting that this Tallahassee legend will be part of the History of the Blues in Florida in the week of his passing. Pat is gone and our hearts are heavy. However, his spirit lives on in all who he touched. Godspeed, Pat.
A great loss to the music and harmonica world... I never knew the man but very much admired his playing and his style.
My condolences to you, his family and his friends. sincerely, --Tom Albanese
First of all I echo the many thoughts concerning Pat...tragic to say the least. I only met Pat once at the KC SPAH several
years ago, but he was one of those players that you paid attention to because it was not the standard 10 blues licks. Jason
my thoughts are with you and Pat's family. He will be missed... -- PT Gazell
Deepest condolences on your loss Jason and a greater loss to our Harmonica Community, your tribute was eloquent, respectful
and quite moving, thank you for sharing it with the list. It is a shame Pat did not get more recogntion in his lifetime
as he was quite a heavy Bluesman and way beyond with his progressive approach to music. I never really was too familiar
with his work and thanx to you for turning more players onto to him. I actually dowloaded some of his music a few yrs ago
on your reccomendation and was knocked out by how "ahead of his time he was".
His Solo work and music with the great Johnny Winter will live on for the world to remember him by.....rest well Pat Ramsey.
Love & Peace,
I got see Pat play live on a fridged night in march about 7 or 8 ago It snowed about 3 feet that night...It was a wild
ride home and the show Pat put on along with his band was just as wild. The tone and licks Pat had were perfect in every
way, great singer and showman too. Of course I bought a CD and the tunes are definitely in a style all his own - he has that
fresh feeling about his music, like Paul Delay and Red Archibald did! My sympathy goes out to all those who loved him...
dang! Pat Ramsey is gone! one of my top 3 or 4 alltime favorite harp players...he was a monster harp player on so many
levels.. technical excecution, fabulous incisive rock/blues tone, originality, distinctiveness and just pleasing to the
ears and the sensibilities always which to me is the (rare) mark of a true professional level harmonica player.
many years ago (70's) while in my blues band in madison, wisconsin we did a number of johnny winter songs off ( i believe)
red, hot and blue. on that album pat ramsey did a 2 verse solo on Honest I Do , first position on an A-harp, then switches
to 2nd position on a D-harp and just knocks you on your ass with the harp change which basically takes on an abrupt amplified-style
no apologies rock harp approach upon switching from 1st to 2nd position with one of those classic pat ramsey riffs that
sound so simple but are deceptively clever . he was a monster so way way above the others. r.i.p.
The first time I met Pat was in the early 80's in Tallahassee. What I remember about that was him playing the keyboard
part that Bill Payne of Little Feat played on the opening to the song Skin it Back. Changed my world. I met him again many
years later, also in Tallahassee. He played around with my brass comb Filisko and showed me how to play Cherry Pink and Apple
Blossom White ala Jerry Portnoy. Thanks to Bobbie G for that. She dragged me kicking and screaming to that club. Then there's
the White Hot and Blue stuff With Johnny Winter. Anybody of a certain age played that version of Honest I Do over and over
Jason... that was one of the most heartfelt tributes I have ever read. I had the chance to meet Pat at SPAH in Kansas
City. My main memory of him, other than his superb playing, was that he was so open to learning something new.
One night in KC, I found him in the hotel lobby with a young kid, about 16 years old. This young man's only exposure to
harmonica before he came to SPAH was his John Popper recordings and the boy had spent a lot of time and had learned much
of Popper's style.
So there the two of them were, the young kid showing the veteran how to play some of those fast licks. I just thought that
was very cool.
You were lucky, Jason, to have met someone like that who helped change your life. We harmonica players have been lucky
to have guys like Pat and Gary Primich, despite their early departures from this world.
My sincere condolences. --Steve Webb in Minnesota
With a heavy heart I offer my condolences to Jason and all associated with Pat. --Hal Iwan
If anyone reading this has never heard Pat Ramsey's playing on Johnny Winter's "Red Hot and Blue" album.....
shame on you.
Cletus mentioned Ramsey's playing on "Honest I Do". Just listen to the first notes on that song. The tone that
Pat has on that song is clean, pure, and soooooo warm... even on the 7-10 blows. There is a lightning fast run on "Last
Night" that still pops my ears today (at this very moment as a matter of fact) and slaps Popper down almost twenty
And Johnny must have known it too since he (to my knowledge) never gave anyone as much presence on his albums as Pat had
on that album (OK, maybe Johnny's brother Edgar, but that's family so it jez don' count).
The top three albums that turned me from a rock drumming teenager to blues harper were Big Walter "Fine Cuts",
Magic Dick on J Geils "Full House", and Pat Ramsey on "Red Hot & Blue".
I consider Pat Ramsey one of the true greats, and I'll miss him. --David Brown
Im so sorry to hear about Pat's passing. We used to run into each other on the road from time to time. He was always very
positive and full of encouragement. Pat also freely gave advice on how to improve my sound. We shared the stage many times
and had a lot of laughs. I always respected Pat as a decent person with extraordinary musical ability. I wish Pat all the
best on his next journey and I send my love to his family and friends around the world. --Harper
A friend of mine gave me a cassette with White, Hot and Blue from an Lp he has. He said to me: You have to hear the harmonica
man, he just riff like nobody before and trade solos with Johhny... He did not tell who he was.. I was stunned! I still
have the cassette and now like today i discover who the guy was. I search over compilations of cd from JW, no info...nothing
to tell me who was the awesome harp player.
Never to late to learn even on sad and early departure of a master of his skills.
--Comuna de Santos, www.santificate.net
So sad! Thanks for sending the post Jason. I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging with Pat at the Kansas City SPAH.
We got along well and liked each other, he was a cool guy. I then had the chance to help him by doing the fundraiser to
get him through his Katrina hurricane loss and then finally took a drive to a Pennsylvania gig of his (I'm in Jersey) where
we got to hang out a little more. Also hung with his drummer Steve and Jason is right, he's a good guy too. The message,
life is short and a gift to be appreciated, so what are you going to do with the gift? Try to help our human race and love
your family and friends. Maybe a little tune on our friend the harmonica will bring a smile to their faces. Pat knew that
and did that. Glad our paths crossed.
Goodbye Pat Ramsey, your music lives on.
With Respect, -- Reach
Jason: You've done Pat proud. He truly is your 'real' father in every sense of the word, and you his son. You two couldn't
have cared about each other more if you were kin. I've always felt those we choose to be our 'family' can mean far more
to us than blood relatives we're given no choice about. At least it's worked that way in my own life.
I learned of Pat through you and your years-ago writings on Harp-l, and then met him at my very first Jason Ricci Annual
SPAH Blow-off in Kansas City. I took some photos.. not the best since they came out a bit dark, but the one I treasure
the most and just happened to be looking at again the other day...shows you beaming with happiness as Pat played. The look
of pride and joy on your face to have him there as your guest said it all.
I'm unutterably sad for you today. Despite how well you always write, your eulogy of Pat was most probably the hardest
thing you've ever had to put into words, yet your love for him ensured that you'd air your pain and grief to the world,
just to help us know a little about the Pat Ramsey you knew.
All my tears are for you today, my friend. I'll be thinking of Pat..free at last.. raucously playing his harp and singing "Build
me a Woman"...my most favourite of his songs. --Elizabeth
My sincere condolences to you Jason. We will observe a minute of silence for Pat Ramsey at our third quarterly SFBayharpers
jam tomorrow night. And thanks for alerting those of us who were unaware of Pat Ramsey's life and playing.
--Bob Loomis, Concord CA
My codelences, to all the people who was relatives to him. Of course I never met Pat, I had just a couple of sweet
email messages from him on myspace last year. Pat was and still is a wonderful musician first, and second a terrific harp
player. Wherever you're now, you'll never be forgot
We miss you, --Christelle
I am now sitting at work with tears on my cheeks. i heard about Pat from Jason's website years ago. When i heard his playing
AND singing, i bought a cd immediately. it is one of my most treasured.
i never got to meet him, but a little part of him will live on through my harp, and i'm sure anyone else who has been
influenced by him. My condolences and heart go to Jason and Pat's family and friends. -- Shawn
My wife and I live in Tallahassee. Pat's son Clyde is a great friend of mine, as was his dad. My wife and I owned
a pastry shop for years and we made the cake for Clyde and Carly's wedding. Pat and his guitarist came to the wedding and
played "Honest I Do". Just Pat, his harp and that National guitar under the gazebo on a beautiful day in a shady
park surrounded by flowers, friends and love.
Of all the times I have ever heard that song, I finally "heard" it that day.
That's how I will always remember Pat Ramsey and Honest I Do.
--John Balding, Tallahassee, FL
I am saddened by the news that Pat Ramsey has passed away; and was deeply touched by Jason's post. My heart goes out to
Pat's family, and of course to Jason.
If not for Jason I likely would never have heard of Pat Ramsey since (sadly) I was never a big Johnny Winter fan growing
up. However, he opened my eyes and ears to the music of Mr. Ramsey. And also largely because of Jason, I was able to meet
Pat at a SPAH convention a few years ago, hear him rock the house with a live band, and then hang and jam with him in the "amp
room" for a few hours. The man had chops, a sharp wit and a ferocious commitment to his music.
Rest his soul.
Harpin in Colorado,
I would like to comment on Jason's wonderful post on his mentor Pat Ramsey. Jason that was truly a moving comment...my
eyes welling at the end and I didn't even know Pat. Thanks for your comments and we are all very sorry for your loss and
the loss to the Harmonica community as a whole.
To me, Pat WAS blues harmonica, period. I first saw him in 1987 opening for Johnny Winter in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I was
a high school kid and a big blues nut, but not yet fully into playing harp (though I dug Junior Wells and Sonny Boy II
and Little Walter). Still, when that little unassuming dude with the big glasses stepped back from his vocal mic and starting
blasting, everything else faded. "This guy is better than Little Walter!" I thought. Obviously, even Pat would
disagree with that - but as a kid of 18 who was just starting to explore the blues and blues harp, I became a Pat disciple.
After a song or two (I remember he dedicated "Crossroads" to Butterfield, who had just died), Pat said they were
from Tallahassee -- where I was headed off to for college! I don't remember a thing about Johnny Winter's show that night
.... after The Pat Ramsey Band, nothing else mattered.
Starting that fall when I arrived at FSU as a freshman, I must have seen Pat and his band dozens of times. It's funny,
but for all the ferocious power that he brought to amplified harp, I have two very different memories, crystal recollections
of Pat making gorgeous, pretty music that made the hair on my neck stand up. Once was at a jam session when he sang "People
Get Ready" with Pam Laws, a gospel/jazz singer and Tallahassee legend. The other time was once when Steve Howell busted
the head on his bass drum. While Steve was fixing it, Pat sang and blew some solo harp - I can't remember which song, but
it was a Sonny Boy II tune and it was so perfect and in the pocket. Classic. During those years in Tallahassee, I got a
few chances to speak to Pat, but honestly I was so star-struck I don't think I ever really got out more than, "Uhh,
you're great, man." I later learned that, during that era, he probably didn't have much to say either, for reasons
all his own.
Fastforward a decade or more and I'm sitting in a blues bar in West Palm Beach, FL waiting for an open mic jam to start.
A bunch of us are at the bar talking about unsung harp players, guys more people should know. At the same time, me and
some skinny kid next to me said "PAT RAMSEY!" That kid was Jason Ricci, who later went on to become my friend
and teacher. Through Jason, I eventually met Pat and got to spend some time speaking with him. On my desk right now is
the CD I had Pat autograph, plus my copy of "White, Hot & Blue." For more than 20 years now I don't think
I've gone a week without thinking about Pat's music. As a harp player he's the guy I keep coming back to. I read once where
baby zebras get the visual impression of their mother's stripes and they never forget that pattern, it's how they find
home after they've wandered about in the herd. Well, Pat's blues - his blues with a feeling - is that ingrained in me,
it's like those those zebra stripes.
Thanks for everything, Pat. Say hi to Duane and Jimi. --MN
I don't know if I ever heard Pat Ramsey play. Clearly he inspired a lot of people to play more and better harp, including
some of the world's leading players. Clearly he also helped a lot of people to lead more satisfying and fulfilling lives.
Either one would make for a life worth celebrating.
So R.I.P Pat Ramsey.
Regards, Richard Hunter
You missed a lot. Though I barely knew Pat, he was my favorite harp player and the one I most loved to hear and from whose
playing I most tried to learn.
Like many posters I nearly fainted when I first heard the tone of "Honest I do" years ago. I once sat next to
Johnny Winter at Manny's in NYC listening to William Clarke and we talked about Pat's talent between sets. I especially
loved Pat's slower mellifluous songs such as Chitlin's Con Carne and the New Orleans/Katrina Youtube video he has/had up.
I was touched by Jason's posted relationship with Pat.
As a guy who practices Hospice care all day long including working with end stage liver disease patients and has late
stage HPC himself and plays the harp (like a child relative to Pat's Olympian talent) I am more empathic to Pat's death
than most such unfortunate occurrences.
RIP Pat Ramsey. My best.
In the middle of all the sadness about our loss of Pat Ramsey there was mention of the digitally re-mastered Johnny Winter
CD White, Hot & Blue available at CD Baby. In the wee hours of the morning I pulled out my credit card and ordered
it right away. It was just my humble and self serving tribute to the master harmonica man who graced that legendary album.
Now here I am packing the car to leave in a few hours to do a 2 day gig at a resort in Massachusetts this weekend. I will
be the "house harmonica guy" for three bands. It is an annual bash that an old musician friend of mine from South
Carolina has done for the last 15 years on the weekend before Thanksgiving. I have a four hour drive ahead of me and what
just showed up in my mailbox? White, Hot and Blue! What great timing!
I will spend my entire drive relishing and wallowing in the licks of Pat Ramsey. I vow to play it over and over; to soak
in the magic that that great man created when he put a harp to his lips. I can only think that after four hours of listening
to Pat Ramsey harp that I will be pumped and ready to blow my butt off this weekend!
So thanks once more Pat. May you be at peace in your new home. Please take comfort in knowing that your work of art will
live on forever and inspire hacks like me to give it my best. I dedicate every note I blow this weekend to Mr. Pat Ramsey.
I also thoroughly enjoyed your inclusion of that great 'old' video of Pat and the Blues Disciples singing 'my' song :)
nice. ...although seeing/hearing Pat do it in person onstage at SPAH 2005 was fabulous... with him now skinnier but in
great shape and with no hair (I think he looked 1000x better, actually).
The morning after Jason's 'Annual Harp Blow-off', Pat took the stage with Jason and several other top-notch harmonica players...
if I remember correctly Madcat, Paul Davies and Dennis Gruenling were among them... (was Winslow there? - I did a write-up
back then... it should be in the archives), and their interactions with the audience - talking about their origins, playing
together... had us all glued to our seats. Each guy would blow a few riffs... then discuss their playing style and answer
questions from the audience and each other... Pat mercilessly teasing Jason each time he'd (deliberately) blow a typical
Pat Ramsey riff... "you stole that one from me!" then a moment later as Jason would add something else to it... "but
I never played it like THAT!", to the audience's huge amusement.
....Imagine a typical late-night Filisko/Buzz/Jimmy Gordon SPAH Blues Jam but with Pat Ramsey sitting in acting no differently
than any other attendee...wow. There are photos on the net somewhere (probably from Grace Fischette)… I might even
have a few taken with my crappy little camera... I think it included not only Pat but Jason and Kirk 'JellyRoll' Johnson.
Now that's a jam... and those were the days...
To me this is one of the reasons never to miss any SPAH if at all possible. Each one is so different...the core attendees
may be somewhat the same, but always, always, surprises abound. Great players showing up... sometimes completely unknown
amateurs taking everyone by surprise... Jay Gaunt fell into that category (as one of the new Young-at-Harp players) this
year, playing blues like a seasoned pro...
Life is much too short, and I've come back to harmonica playing much too late... I'll never forget getting to meet Pat
Ramsey... and Charlie Musselwhite... Gary Primich (SPAH 2006) among so many other people whose playing I admire - Jason
Ricci, Robert Bonfiglio, Will Galison, Peter 'Madcat' Ruth.. not to mention all the 'regular' jazz/chromatic players who
are all wonderful and from whom I learn so much... and whom I know and count among my friends... far too many to name...
so am making the most of the golden opportunities to meet and interact with these people under the most amazing circumstances
while I still can.
Yesterday as I was slouching here at my desk, pretending to work while listening to Staggerin Jim's online harmonica show,
Johnny Winter's take on "Last night" from the "White hot and blue" album came on. It made me straighten
up, hadn't listened to that one in a long long time, and in conjunction with the sad news of Pat Ramsey's death I suddenly
flashed back three decades:
It was in the winter of 78/79 and we were sitting a few guys on a lazy afternoon having a beer and a chat at the place
were I lived. One of the fellows, who I didn´t know, noticed the harmonicas here and there in the room and wondered
if I was the one who played. So did he, it turned out, he had just started, and after we´d talked a little bit about
this I said:
-- I just the other day bought this new Johnny Winter album, with an absolutely faantaastic harmonica player on it, name
of Pat Ramsey. Have you heard him.
Nope, he had not, and I said that I'll put it on, if he's interested.
-- Yeah, please do.
At that point we were interrupted by someone who was passing round a local variety of dried vegetables that you were
supposed to smoke (not uncommon in those days) and, being the sybaritic bastard that I am, I of course had me a hefty puff.
When the smoke cleared I proceeded a bit shakily to the turntable and begged the other guys indulgence for a concentrated
I found "White, hot and blue", turned the volume up to 11, dropped the needle on "Last night" and
as the familiar intro came round I sat back in the sofa with a happy demented smile. After a couple of choruses of Pat
Ramsey's stupendous solo I looked at my fellow harmonica player and shouted:
-- Great playing, innit!?
He looked slightly confounded, and shouted back:
-- Yeah... but when's the harmonica coming in...?!
-- This IS the harmonica!
-- Naw, lay off, this ain't no harmonica...
-- Sure is!
But as he appeared genuinely disbelieving I went and got the record cover and pointed: "Harmonica: Pat Ramsey." He
still didn't look convinced that what had been going on then was a harmonica, so with Neanderthal pedagogy I played the
thing over again, carefully indicating when Johnny W's guitar solo started. And another time again. I even got out my Bb
harp and tried to play along for a bar or two. We were pretty stoned, but in a benign way and after a while his entire
demeanour seemed to change, his face took on a sort of blank clarity, and I realised that I was witnessing a man who was
having a Revelation. A harmonica could sound like that.
Later he thanked me profusely, and with an urgent look went out in the wintry Swedish dusk in search of a record store
that carried "White, hot and blue". He found himself with a mission.
Now, maybe this fellow was a wee bit thick, or we were drinking TNT and smoking dynamite, but I understood him: Up to that
point I'd never heard anyone playing the harmonica like that. There was an edge and fluency in it that was very untypical
for what was expected of the harmonica, and I think that what this other guy found hard to accept in the hazy shades of
perceptual alteration was that he was not hearing a guitar.
For several years afterwards I was hunting for records were Pat Ramsey was featured, but never found anything. (This
sort of thing was considerably more difficult then.) Later on I stopped playing (took it up again after a ten year hiatus)
and stopped looking for stuff with Pat Ramsey, having arrived at the conclusion that he was an unsung hero of the blues
harp. Contact with Harp-l corrected this, and I´m glad to see that there are several of you out there who felt the
impact of this record.
Of course nowadays it's not at all uncommon to hear that kind of playing, stylistically, but 30 years ago, truly, a window
opened up for me: "This is how I should play!" And it still sounded great yesterday.
Sorry for this personal rambling down Memory Lane but just meant to take my hat off to Pat Ramsey. -- Martin
Jason has posted a letter to harp-l regarding Pat Ramsey's death today.
A must read. Give your loved ones a special hug tonight. --moose
Pat was a player with huge tone and from your letter a bigger soul and heart. His work with Johnny Winter was a inspiration
to how I approached playing many years ago. I never met the man, wish I had. My heart felt condolances to you, his family
and friends on this great loss.
--Chris " Sully " O'Sullivan
He was a great player
Barbeque Bob Maglinte -Boston, MA
It is quite painful to know this. What a great man he was, I wish he could have met him. Another to add to the list for
me, it truly is a disappointing, sad, hurtful day. My heart bleeds for him. -ZackP
I was fortunate enough to catch Pat playing Lou's Blues in Indialantic, Florida. I travel to Florida every year to visit
my family for the holidays. It was December, 2006, if memory serves. I saw Pat was playing Lous Blues, which happens to
be four blocks from my parents house in Florida. Problem-Pat was playing on the 16th-my ticket to fly was to arrive on
the 17th. I called Jet Blue, and for $25.00, they changed my ticket to the 16th. I arrived in Orlando, only hours
prior to Pats show. I jumped in the shower, said "HI" and "BYE" to my folks, and headed out the door.
The place was packed. After the first set, I introduced myself to Pat. I did not know much about Pat, until Jason mentioned
that's where he got his inspiration from. I told Pat I had seen Jason a number of times, and said, "Now I know where
Jason came from"-he just gave me a grin from ear to ear, then said "Thanks-I appreciate that". Thats
the kind of guy Pat was-humble, yet outgoing-a master of tone, phrasing, and speed.
Godspeed Pat-you will be missed. And God bless his friends and family. --Tom Fiacco.
I didn't know Pat, but Jason pointed me to his music. I ordered one of his CDs (Live at the Grand) and he sent me a second
one for free (It's About Time) with a little note in it that said "I thought you might like this, its Jason's favorite".
What a classy guy.
A wonderfully gifted artist whose talent we all aspire to achieve. He will be missed. My condolences.
I wish, for him...Peace
Dear freinds family and Ourstage members:
It was with great sadness that I heard of Pat's passing. He was a truly uniques talent that gave so very much to the music
world. I while back I'd suggested to OURSTAGE that (if possible) I would donate a song from The AC Thundertones roster
and give it to Pat and family. The idea was to try and get others here at ourstage to do the same thing. I felt that this
could possibly be made into a CD and sold to help Pat's family with any and all arrangements and financial things.
This offer still is on the table of you wouod like.
For now I Johnny and I send our sincere condolences to Pat and family as we'll miss his great songs, great talent and
a great man.
We hope you can somehow be comforted at this most trying time.
With much love,
Paul & John Zarvis
Here was a great man and talent who will be truly missed. Thanks for leaving the music and the memories here for us to
keep. It's my wish that this page will remain indefinitely.
His spirit and music will live on forever, you're in my prayers
My condolences. Very sad to hear about Pat. May his music live on forever. God Bless.
It's a blue day for the Blues.
We are very sorry to hear this.. our condolences !
I'm so sorry to hear this...He will be missed.
I'm so sorry to hear about Pat, he will be missed. I will send up a prayer for him and all the Blues Disciples. Peace
and God Bless.
God's blessings to Pat's family and friends. Thanks for sharing your muse with us, Pat. We will all miss you and your
great blues harp.
Peace and Warmest Regards,
My condolences to all Pats family and friends..... Pat will truly be missed, yet his music will live on in the hearts
and mind of all who have ever listened........ Peace to all
Pat Ramsey was a wonderful person and musician who we had the pleasure to meet on LRBC. He inspired Billy
Gibson (my brother aka Geritol aka Little Joe), Jason Ricci and many others. He passed today and is being eulogized on
the Harp-L message board by many fine spirits who are both his musical colleagues and admirers.
--Doc Alters (reposting of Jason Ricci blog)
Doc I don't even have words to say how sorry I am to you and all the fans of this man. RIP Pat
My condolences to all and continued blessings in celebration of his memory and life.
Thanks Doc for sharing Jason's tribute to one of my favourite harp players. Will be playing Pat's CD's in
the car for a long time.
Thank you for sharing this Doc. With loss we gain so much. Others lives touch our lives in many different
ways yet sometimes much deeper than we realize. It's so special to be able to understand and share in that realization.
My condolences to Pat's family and friends.
Thanks for posting JR's write up Doc. I was fortunate enough to spend a little time with Pat on the Jan/06 cruise. I was
in the Crowsnest one night watching a jam hosted by Phillip Walker (moved inside that night due to poor outside weather?),
and Pat was up playing at the time. His microphone konked out on him, so I right away dug my mic out of my harp case, and
he plugged in and kept playing. After a few more tunes he jumped off stage and gave me the nod to get up there with Phillip
Walker, Tommy Castro, and others. What a cool night for myself, and a classy thing for Pat to do. For the rest of the cruise,
we'd shoot the breeze about harps, music in general, or whatever.... everytime we'd cross paths. He had a real passion
for music, and was a great guy to just be around. RIP Pat.
Very sad news... Pat Ramsey has passed away after his long battle with hepatitus C.
A man of grace and courtesy that would sacrifice his own interests when he could aid others in need. His private tribulations
never kept him from offering solace and support to those stricken and forlorn. I hadn't spoken with Pat in months... and
now wish I had. He was such a patient guy, in spite of how the music business treated him. It baffles me how players of
his caliber are somehow ignored by those that claim to know talent. I never missed an opportunity to schedule him when
he traveled this far south.
His shows were amazing, powerful displays of a true musical craftsman. His harp mastery influenced many. One of the best
soul vocalists I ever heard, a stylist that you knew felt every line he played or sang. First saw him with CCS (Crosscut
Saw) in Tallahassee back in the mid-70s, when he had brought in young Julien on guitar to astonish us all, and the rehearsals
and jams happened at Butch Trucks' little place on Gaines Street.
I'm truly saddened by his passing.
Rest in peace, Pat... go on and blow past Gabriel.
Wow! Pat was one of the best harp players out there, he will be missed, have no other words. I am still trying to get
over losing Carey and Gary Primach.
RIP Pat Ramsey
Sad sad sad...
Your so right Russell! When Pat lived in Memphis in the mid 90's I may have not paid enough attention
to him I should have. I remember the Beale Street scene did him and for a moment and he got a job dealing at the local
casinos. He just couldn't stay away from the spotlight and headed farther south to persue his music and I never heard him
Only met him twice, but he was a nice guy indeed. Rest in peace.
Missippi James told me some great stories about him when they were touring with Johnny Winter. He was well known in this
area and one of the best. Sorry I never knew him.
He was a beautiful Human Being..
heavy hearted right now..
The music industry and how the masses consume its products are fleeting things. Fame and fortune are not always synonymous with
talent. Some are talented and famous. Some are just famous.
But many of the most talented don't get that shot with the big recording contracts and fancy national tours and Top 40 radio
won't play what they're selling.
So when Britanny Spears cuts her hair and has some mental-health episode that is irrelevant to any aspect of the average person's
life, it's splashed all over the television for weeks. Pat Ramsey died yesterday afternoon and blues fans everywhere mourn his
passing. Elsewhere, however, there is nothing but silence and a widening of the great chasm between the American music industry
and American music.
Ramsey was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, the same town where Hank Williams rose to stardom, in 1953, the year Williams' died.
Pat never got a big break such as the one Hank Williams had on KWKH's “Lousiana Hayride” radio show in Shreveport.
Why he didn't, I suppose, doesn't matter anymore, maybe it never did. But the fact remains, many of the most talented musicians
in this country are far removed from the umbrella of the music-industry giants.
Pat played in several bands, opened for legends and was a craps dealer in a casino at one time. Many people have stared in awe
at his harmonica prowess and many fine musicians have studied his every note.
Among harmonica players, Ramsey was unique. He didn't copy the runs and licks of the great masters, he absorbed music fundamentals
he heard on many instruments and combined those into a revolutionary style.
As a young pup, Jason Ricci was so enthalled by Ramsey's style, he moved from his native Maine to Memphis so he could study
and digest everything Ramsey played over time. The two became close friends and the revolutionary musical ideas we hear Ricci
play today are firmly rooted in what he learned from Ramsey.
“Pat Ramsey is in my book the very first real rock and roll harmonica player to play the blues,” Ricci said. “Pat
played what he heard those musicians around him do, they were not harp players.”
However, Ricci said Ramsey was far more than a music mentor, he also taught Ricci how to be a responsible man.
“What I learned was so much more than scales, licks, and ways to navigate different chord changes. I learned slowly and
stubbornly, how to try to start being an accountable human being and take responsibility for my actions at least the ones that
were getting me in trouble. I would be nowhere in my music, my life or my sobriety without the guidance of this incredible individual
named Pat Ramsey who truly never got his due,” Ricci said.
Musically, it's obvious Ricci is rooted in Ramsey. But I noticed something first in the video below of Ramsey, the two have
very similar body language on stage.
Those who remember Ramsey can take some solace in the fact that the immortality of one's music is unrelated to the fame and
fortunes one experiences in life.
Posterity does not always recall the famous ones, but rarely forgets the spectacular ones. I'm positive people will be talking
about Ramsey for years to come and we are now at the beginning of one of many future cycles of rediscovering Pat Ramsey. In this
life, death is certain and the only way to achieve immortality on earth is by leaving life with something better than you found
it at birth.
Outside of the circles who recognized him for what he was, Ramsey never found fame. His legacy, however, will last. The world
did not give him mass fame while alive, but I believe it will grant him immortality in death.
Pat Ramsey was born in 1953 in the USA in Shreveport. His death represents for the Blues an enormous loss. His playing and singing were the result of a musical reflection of great quality and great finesse.
He was much more than a singer-harmonica player but a thinker of modern Blues, who was involved in every note knowing leader, stimulate and support. A master Blues thinker ... who would be famous if he had got what he deserved. His official website says that his last words were words of love. It is a great misfortune for the Blues ...
I'm honestly at a loss for words right now. I have so much to say about this man, the band, the memories... For the past 7 hours, I've been listening to the music, remembering the incredible times. From 1979, when I first heard Crosscut Saw, through getting to know the guys, until I left Tallahassee in 94, they influenced my life in more ways they could ever know.
Pat was the most unappreciated musician in the world of chaos that reigns over the industry. He NEVER gave up. Music was his Life. PLEASE, honor this Great and Talented Musician, Father, and Friend by watching the video [of his final performance] -performed less than a month ago. Go to YouTube, watch the other examples of a TRUE Blues Master. Listen to Pat Ramsey's soul as he pours himself into his music. Go to his website: http://www.patramsey.com.
Honor this man and feel the unconditional Love he had for his craft. No one could ever match the Love, the Grace, the Soul,... the contribution that Pat Ramsey has given to us; his multitude of friends and Fans...and the majestic world of the Blues. Pat Ramsey was one of a kind.
Here is some info and a download link for recordings of Pat performing at Jason Ricci's SPAH Harmonica Blowout in 2005.
If you want to download these recordings, please be aware of the special instuctions: The recordings are in FLAC format, so you may
need to download a free decoder in order to play the files (see the link in the info below):
On 9-20-05, Chris @ bushmanrocks.com wrote:
"Jason Ricci SPAH Blowout
The whole show is awesome (especially the last set where Jason Ricci, Pat Ramsey, and Dennis Gruneling all got up and traded licks). Some
awesome musicians played including Jason Ricci, Pat Ramsey, Joe Filisko, Dennis Gruneling, Jimmi Meade, Nicholas Froquet, and several others.
Only one artist (Dennis Guruneling) did not want his set posted, which is a shame because that boy can play. But, like I said earlier, he
is caught on tape playing with Jason and Pat towards the end of the show.
If you download this show, you will be very happy that you did."
The songs featuring Pat are in the "Hour 1" download file. Be advised: it's a large download (135 MB).
Rock-It Science with Greg Lewis
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Nov 20, 2008 8:00PM - 10:00PM
I'm Not Awake Yet, Rory Gallagher, Deuce
Down At The Bottom, Studebaker John, Waiting On The Sun
Me And My Guitar, Freddie King, Texas Cannonball
Same Old Blues, JJ Cale & Leon Russell, Session at Paradise Studios Harp Blowout, Pat Ramsay/Jason Ricci/Dennis Gruenling, Knuckleheads
Allergic To Work, Crosscut Saw [with Pat Ramsay], Mad Bad And Dangerous
Feel So Bad, Cactus, Gilligans 6-71
Looking For Love, Rockets, Love Transfusion
Thrill Is Gone, Rudy Rotta with Brian Auger, Captured Live
Addicted Man, Snowy White Blues Agency, Open For Business
From The Beginning, Fleetwood Mac, Shrine 69
Eight Days On The Road, Foghat, Stone Blue
Fool For The City, Tone Stevens Slow Ride, Join Together
Poltergeist, Mick Clarke, Solid Ground
I Want To Be Free, V I P S, Complete VIPS
Tobacco Road, Spooky Tooth, Spooky Tooth
Okay Lay Lady Lay, Mike Harrison, Rainbow Rider
She , Sugar Blue, In Your Eyes
Mr & Misdemeanor, Alice Cooper, Easy Action
The Hustle Is On, T Bone Walker, The Complete 1950-54 Recordings
Chance, Geoff Achison, Chasing My Tail
Double Trouble, Jon Paris, Rock This Universe
Let's Get Ourselves Together, Santana, Hot Tamales
Pat was moved to the Hospice house last Monday night. The doctor told me yesterday that Pat won't make it through this one. He's not in
any pain, and he wants everyone to know that he loves them. My girlfriend has been a hospice nurse for 10 years and this being my first experience
with hospice I have a new respect for what she does. What a great organization !!!
I have been with Pat every day since he's been moved, I don't want him to think he's alone in this transition. It was beautiful to hear
him say hello to his mother ( she passed away 2 years ago ), and tell her he was soon to be by her side. I'm not sure what he's seeing
(or who) but he's been talking to someone, most of the time I can't understand him, but there is something (or someone) that he's talking
He once asked me who it was that was standing next to me, as Missy & I were the only ones in the room (besides him) I wasn't sure how
to answer that. I asked him what he or she looked like and he told me he was big and had on robes of some sort. Then he said he kind
of looked like the Pope. He fell back to sleep right after that and I just turned and asked (whatever spirit that
might be there) to help him get through this without him being scared and to make sure his family will be OK. I know he's worried about
In the Tallahassee newspaper it said that Pat was released from hospice, and that was incorrect. Pat was not released from hospice and he
has been fighting a very long battle. I was amazed that he sang at his benefit (see the video below). Not only did he sing but he did
so just as he would want to.... He gave it everything he had as he always did whenever he was on stage. I'll never forget it
Just when you think you're cried out and can't possibly shed another tear the flood gates open. I love you my brother ... you
will be missed.
October 31, 2008:
The week in music: all treats, no tricks
By Kati Schardl
TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER
A report from last Friday's PatRamseymulti-band benefit:
It exceeded all expectations, exploded American Legion Hall attendance records, blew the minds of one and all in attendance, and beefed up
Ramsey's medical fund.... The hall was packed before the first band on the bill stroked a note, and the crowd swelled until "it got to a
point where it was not a dance hall, but a concert with people packed from the stage to the doors to the sides," Rodriguez said...
It was a true Tallahassee musical family reunion on many levels. New bonds were forged, with Tallahassee guitar
prodigy Rick Lollar going Strat-to-Strat with formidable fret-master Julien Kasper... Old neighbors reconnected and reminisced, and Ramsey himself
was wheeled into the spotlight to sing a song.
Steve Howell, Ramsey's Crosscut Saw bandmate and one of the main forces behind the benefit, has posted more than 300 photos
from the benefit at his MySpace page (www.myspace.com/stevehowelldrums)
and there are videos on YouTube (www.youtube.com/sgh711). If they move
you to reach into your wallet, you can send donations to J.P. Ramsey, P.O. Box 21147, Tallahassee, FL 32316-1147.
October 24, 2008:
Blues-rock blowout will benefit harp hero
By Kati Schardl
TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER
The first time I heard Crosscut Saw play was at one of the infamous Pepper Drive Tune-Ups back in the dim and murky mists of time (i.e.,
the late '70s and early '80s).
The Tune-Ups were the Tallahassee urban Southern-rock equivalent of modern-day music festivals that sprawl over several days in bucolic settings.
My memories of the events are a jumble, but the incendiary blues-rock of Crosscut Saw cuts through the fog even decades later.
The Saw that I saw was the tick-tight four piece of bassist Mike Howell, drummer Steve Howell, insanely gifted guitarist Julien Kasper and harmonica maestro Pat
Ramsey. They became a quartet of road warriors. "Pat and Crosscut Saw played every juke joint and roadhouse from Key West
to Connecticut. They opened for B.B. King (twice), Johnny Winter, Johnny Van Zandt, .38 Special, Bobby Bland, The Nighthawks and others," according
to the bio on Ramsey's MySpace page.
Before disbanding in 1984, Crosscut Saw released its one and only album, "Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know."
Kasper went on the study jazz guitar and now teaches at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. After playing some opening dates on Johnny
Winter's 1987 tour (he had contributed the searing harp licks for Winter's "White, Hot & Blue" album), Ramsey moved to Sarasota to
dry out and clean up.
The time off did him a world of good. Ramsey roared back on the music scene clean, sober and ready to rock with the Poulos-Ramsey Band, formed
with former Freddie King guitarist Greg Poulos. When that group disbanded, Ramsey settled for a time in Memphis, busking on Beale Street
and making a name for himself in that iconic musical city. With Kasper's help, he got together enough money to record and release "It's About
Time" and launch the next phase of his musical journey.
Through the years, Ramsey, Kasper and the Howells would gather in Tallahassee to host Crosscut Saw reunion shows that drew Pepper Drive veterans
out of the woods and the woodwork. They were full-on family affairs with a blues-rock soundtrack.
"For a lot of people that come out, I think the music is almost secondary," drummer Howell, who still performs in Tallahassee, told the Democrat
It's fitting that the Pepper Drive family will come together one more time tonight at the American Legion Hall at Lake Ella for a night of
music and memory to help raise money for Ramsey, who's in grave health and was recently released from hospice care. Like many who have made
their living making music, Ramsey has no health insurance.
Ever since word got out that the benefit was in the works, bands and musicians have clamored to be added to the lineup, according to lead
organizer Steve Howell. The outpouring of support and good wishes has been monumental.
The event starts at 5 p.m. and admission is a suggested donation of $10. There'll be food, a silent auction, raffles, drawings and more music
than you can shake a licking stick (slang for harmonica, y'all) at, much of it performed by longtime leading lights of the
local scene. Ramsey will be there and may even feel up to getting up onstage to sing a song or blow a few bars on harp. Kasper is flying
in from Boston. Guitarist Chris Anderson of The Outlaws is flying in from Nashville. There's a host of other special guests.
Premier Sound & Lights and Reel Rock Productions will be there making sure the sound is right on. Here's who's playing: Brett Wellman,
Trigger Happy, Roadhouse, the Ray Wiley Band, Young Neils, JB's ZydecoZoo and the Rick Lollar Band . The evening ends with a jam-up big bang
with Ramsey's band the Blues Disciples with Friends of Pat Ramsey , including Clyde Ramsey (Pat's son, who named his band
Pepper Drive), Choo Choo Charley, Jerry Thigpen & Lucia Fishburne, Floyd Mathews, Greg Poulos, Mike Howell, Chris Anderson, Julien Kasper
and many more.
Want to contribute but can't make it to the show? Donations can be sent to J.P. Ramsey, P.O. Box 21147, Tallahassee, FL 32316-1147.
I've recieved alot of inquiries about Pat Ramsey's condition and I'm sorry to let you know that today he was placed on hospice services
and his prognosis is very poor. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated. We're having a benefit concert and auction on October
24 in Tallahassee, FL to help pay for Pat's medical bills. I'll keep everyone updated on his condition and details of the benefit.
Dear Bluesers: We're out of the "Pat Ramsey Live at the Grand" CD. Pat has been very ill and it will take
time to make an order for more CDs. If you've made a PayPal payment for this CD, you're welcome to request a refund. Pat
would like to thank everyone for their support and hopes to be back to his old self soon.