[Harp-L] Subject: Re: Dave's Pat Ramsey write-up/SPAH and Charlie Musselwhite
That was a wonderful 'official' write-up for your newspaper, Dave. You're a
very good writer...I'm sure Pat Ramsey's family as well as Jason and Pat's
many friends will love your article!
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...
Charlie Musselwhite's been mentioned as somehow perhaps being 'dissed'? Not
Being somewhat clumsy, I literally bumped into him walking into one of the
'stores' at this SPAH..so said hello and introduced myself. He amiably walked
around chatting with people and taking photos...if one goes to the flikr site
posted by JP Pagan about the updated SPAH website..and looks through Grace's
photos..there's a great shot of Charlie outside on the patio taking photos
of other people playing. How cool is that?
...He was genuinely moved to receive one of the two Pete Pedersen awards at
the Banquet/awards show Saturday night. Anneliese (Sissi) Jones was the other
recipient. Both well deserving of such. His unplanned speech had him choking
up, as his conversation with Jaine Rodack (and recounted in this most recent
issue of Harmonica Happenings) will show. Trust me, he's not overlooked in
this community...he came back to SPAH, 2008 because he'd had such a good time
as an invited guest last year.
These legends walking among us ...and we get to meet them and enjoy their
music at a SPAH...it just doesn't get any better for a harmonica player...
We truly are in the Diamond Era of SPAH as described by....Buzz? (I
think)...and it can only keep getting better with people like Warren and JP helping
to run things and bringing a new perspective and approach.
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
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 12:29:15 -0800 (PST)
From: "Dave Payne, Elk River Harmonicas" <dave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [Harp-L] rest in peace, Mr. Ramsey
To: Harp L Harp L <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
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Dave Payne Sr.
Elk River Harmonicas
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