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Willis Alan Ramsey at Susanna's Kitchen in Wimberley, Texas
Photograph 2003 Brian Kanof

Susanna's Kitchen is coffeehouse providing a smoke and alcohol free venue for great music.

Willis Alan Ramsey performs on Thursday, September 21, 2006. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, or $4 per child in childcare.
Willis Alan Ramsey, hometown hero and singer-songwriter with deep Texas roots, released his first and only album, called Willis Alan Ramsey, in 1972 on Leon Russell's Shelter Records label. 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).

The recording was a critical success that included "Boy From Oklahoma", a tribute to Woody Guthrie. Jimmy Buffett, Waylon Jennings and Jerry Jeff Walker, among others, covered Ramsey's songs, but the song that became best known was a knockoff Ramsey called "Muskrat Candlelight." Released by the pop group, America,it was later recorded and retitled "Muskrat Love" by The Captain and Tennille and reached the Billboard Top 10, becoming one of the most popular songs of our time.

Ramsey eventually left both Shelter Records and the United States, moving to Great Britain in the 1980's to explore Celtic songwriting and instrumental traditions. When he returned to the United States, he was reintroduced to Lyle Lovett, who had run the University of Texas coffeehouse where Ramsey played in the early 1970's. He and Lovett wrote the song, "North Dakota", heard on Lovett's 1992 album, Joshua Judges Ruth. A few years later, Shawn Colvin recorded "Satin Sheets" which helped stimulate interest in a new Ramsey recording.

Lovett has since covered a newer Ramsey song, "Sleepwalking." With a new album still in the works, in 2003 Ramsey begun touring for the first time in seven years, performing at the Smithsonian's Woody Guthrie Tribute in Washington DC, the Kerrville Folk Festival, the annual Folk Alliance Convention, The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and several shows around the Southwest. His self-titled debut recording has been re-released by Koch Records and is creating a whole new generation of fans around the world.

Ramsey is putting the finishing touches on his second CD and is playing selected dates, including Susanna's Kitchen, featuring material from the new album.

You know the drill! Susanna's Kitchen is hosted by the Wimberley United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall, at the corner of RR 12 and CR 1492. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, or $4 per child in childcare. The venue is smoke free and alcohol free. Come early for a great seat, doors open at 7 PM. Music starts at 7:30 PM, and finishes up shortly before 10.  Bring your friends and have some fun right here in Wimberley.


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