I promise…. 

…to post some thoughts/observations about the IBMA, music, life and all the other general things I ruminate upon.


Ramsey school pic 1920's L to R: 1st row, 1st person on left, Charles Clifton Ramsey, 2nd row 4th from left, Mary Alice Ramsey, 3rd row, 1st person Lula Ramsey and 3rd row, last person Lavada Ramsey.

…That’s my Grand Daddy, Charles Clifton Ramsey, on the extreme left in the photo. It was a school class picure. I may post the whole thing in a bit. It has several of his sisters in it as well. I thought it made a pretty good header for this blog.

White hair, no hair…. 

Yesterday I stopped by the grocery on the way home from work. I bought a few canned vegetables and was going home to make a marinated version of them for tonight’s supper.

My oldest nephew happened to check me out at the register. The total was like $4.19. He looked at me and said “I think you qualify for the senior citizen’s discount, since you can’t grow hair on your head.” He then punched a button and lopped off about 20 cents.

I know he’s my nephew and my brother is really my brother. They’ve got that…

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Empty House 

For me and the missus. Yesterday Aaron left for Nashville and has been recording on someone else’s CD today and will hopefully finish that up tomorrow. Then, he will remain there and work on some pre-production recording on what potentially will be a new recording for Mountain Heart. He may be back home on Friday or maybe Saturday. Labor Day weekend will find him in England as the band travels over there. You can check his schedule at

Saturday was spent hauling Katie…

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Catching a breath & catching up. 

Another two months have slipped by, since I last posted. Life can get busy. It’s about to get really busy for me again. But first, I’ll try to recall 2 month’s worth of memories.

Merlefest was a blast. Seeing my boy, and the band he plays for, take the main stage with Tony Rice was an experience, to say the least. Just 2 years prior Aaron was out in the tremendous field, with me, watching Tony play with Alison Krauss & Union Station on the same stage. This time, I viewed it from the side of the main…

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I had a dream last night…… 

….well, actually, I had a dream Monday night, for real. In the dream, I was having a conversation with Del McCoury (for whom I have the greatest admiration). Something sort of like this:

We were talking about how bluegrass has changed. We also talked about how we loved the earlier sounds like Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanley’s etc., etc.

The gist of his conversation to me (and I remember this part a clearly as the ringing of a bell) was, “I love all that stuff, but people just need to get over Flatt…

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Mountain Heart w/Tony Rice in Morganton, NC 

You know how good it smells when you walk past a doughnut shop and they’re all HOT’n'ready? A feeding frenzy can quickly get out of hand. I know I can eat warm doughnuts so fast that I don’t really have time to taste them.

That’s sort of what it’s like at The CoMMA about these Mountain Heart & Tony Rice tickets. There’s folks coming from far and wide to see it. Tickets are selling like hot doughnuts! The show is on Friday, May 29, 2009, in Morganton, NC. The CoMMA is a 1058 seat house with wonderful…

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Music for today 


If you read my post from last June about the end of The Linville Ridge Band, I think it speaks of being involved for 25 years in music. The making of it, the promotion of it, the business end of it, the whatever… far.

At the time, it was a love/hate thing to have to do. Make that choice. But the end result demonstrated that it was the right move to make. I’ve picked with my buddies from that band in jams and we’re still all good friends.

Now, since I’ve had that break, my creative juices are…

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