Legendary Texas Singer Songwriter, Willis Alan Ramsey will spend 2003 celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of his classic LP, Willis Alan Ramsey. This release is regarded as one of the most important recordings in the evolution of Texas and Americana music.
For 30 years, these songs have been a part of recordings and concerts by hundreds of artists including Jimmy Buffett (Ballad of Spider John), Jimmie Dale Gilmore (Goodbye Old Missoula), Clint Black (Painted Lady), Shawn Colvin (Satin Sheets), Captain & Tennille (Muskrat Love), Bellamy Brothers (Satin Sheets), Jerry Jeff Walker (Northeast Texas Women), Waylon Jennings (Satin Sheets), New Grass Revival (Watermelon Man) and many more.
His newer songs have also received critical acclaim including Lyle Lovett's recordings of Sleepwalkin', North Dakota and That's Right (You're Not From Texas). Even Eric Clapton recently recorded WIllis' song, Positively. In 2001, Willis recorded a new Austin City Limits episode featuring nine new songs to complement his last ACL appearance in 1976.
For the 2003 Anniversary Tour, Willis will perform a mixture of the classic songs from the original LP mixed with his more recent compositions. There is no doubt that newer songs like Boystown, Desiree', Positively, Mockingbird Blues and Mr. Lemon will become classics in due time.
His self titled debut recording has been re-released by Koch Records and is creating a whole new generation of fans around the world.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY:
"I learned every song off his record. I went to see him everytime he played, got tennis shoes like his. I wanted to be Willis Alan Ramsey." -- Lyle Lovett
"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
"Willis Alan Ramsey fled country music stardom 28 years ago, but his album still knits fans together in a kind of fraternity." -- John Schulian, New York Times
"Willis Alan Ramsey is living proof that reward and reverence come from quality, not quantity." -- Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News
"You might not have seen him lately, but if you've listened to Shawn, Lyle or Jimmie Dale, you've heard him." -- John T. Davis, Austin American Statesman
"Even if Ramsey had make a dozen more albums, this would still be the record that no home should be without." -- David Menconi, No Depression